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INTERESTING STUFF – 3 November 2018


For most of the United States, it's time to change our clocks tonight to standard time – one hour back.


Some of our tech clocks make the change on their own but I still have some old-fashioned analog clocks I need to do by hand. Just before bedtime.


Vote I happen to believe voting is not just a civic duty, but a moral one. Aside from laws that apply to everyone, voting is the only thing a democracy asks of all citizens. Please, please do it on Tuesday.


This is amazing, what reader Nana Royer sent. It is about the Sedlec Ossuary (The Bone Church) in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic. It is a world Heritiage Site containing the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people.

Wait until you see all the ways they are displayed.


According to the YouTube page,

”Researchers from Stanford University and the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland built small drones, which they call FlyCroTugs, that can move heavy objects by coordinating their actions.”

It takes these little, electronic critters a couple of minutes to get going but you sense them communicating with each other.


My friend John Gear sent this item about a 13-year-old (!) who won an important prize for a new science invention. Business Insider reports:

A 13-year-old boy from Oregon has won the Young Scientist Challenge by inventing an artificial intelligence treatment for pancreatic cancer.

“Rishab Jain created an algorithm to improve cancer treatment by using AI to locate and track the pancreas in real time.

“A prime challenge in radiation treatment is locating the pancreas itself, which is often obscured by the stomach or other organs, resulting in healthy cells being inadvertently hit. Rishab's algorithm improves accuracy and increases the impact of radiation treatment, according to organizers of the competition.”

All I have to say about this is THIRTEEN? The rest of us might as well not bother. Read more at Business Insider.

NOTE FROM RONNI: All the remaining items are about animals. I had so many this week I could have done the entire post on animals. I restrained myself. Since I was told of my latest cancer predicament nearly four weeks ago, there is been a noticeable and fairly large uptick in my interest in the natural world.


The You Tube page tells us:

”On a remote mountaintop in Eastern Nevada, a dedicated team of conservationists has been keeping watch for over 30 years. Their mission? To count and record every single raptor and bird of prey that flies past to keep track of their populations.

“Over the years, HawkWatch International has counted over 13 million birds across their network of observation sites. Since hawks sit on the top of the food chain, any drastic changes in their populations signals problems with the balance of their eco-system.

“If these hawks start to disappear, HawkWatch is the first to blow the whistle so we can take steps to address the problem.:


Harvard University has communal cat.


The Harvard Gazette explains:

”Jessica Shires, department administrator in Harvard’s History and Literature Department, said that when she started the Facebook page 'Remy the Humanities Cat' with a couple of colleagues, she was surprised to learn how many fans the feline had made in his travels.

“'Little did I know how far his visits spread across campus,' Shires said. 'Occasionally I’m reminded by Law School, STEM, and museum friends of Remy that he’s not just a humanities cat. I suppose now I’d probably be more inclined to call him ‘Remy the Interdisciplinary Cat.’”

“Remy’s owners have known about his double life at Harvard for years now through the many phone calls they receive — up to 10 a day, as late as 2 a.m. — from across campus. 'We have picked him up from numerous Harvard buildings over the years,' Watton says.”

There is much more about Remy, including a recent disappearance and retrieval at the Harvard Gazette.


Yes, this appears to be a sort of commercial for the Fairmont Hotels but it such a nice idea that I can't object to posting it. The Youtube page tells us:

”Since 2001, Fairmont Hotels around the world have been home to a highly esteemed (extremely adorable) fellowship program. Fairmont’s Canine Ambassadors aren’t just a hotel guest’s best friend and the perfect four-legged concierge—they’re family.

“These formally-trained pups know the halls of the hotels and the people who work there. They’re also experts in mountaineering, constantly exploring the landscapes surrounding Fairmont Banff Springs and Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.”


This is so adorable you will not help but kvell at underwater videographer Gary Grayson's encounter with a friendly seal:

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Interesting Stuff is a weekly listing of short takes and links to web items that have caught my attention; some related to aging and some not, some useful and others just for fun.

You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” at the top of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog.


Good ones, Ronni and softens the spirit as we look to the next three days.

Nature's wildness, filled with similar experiences (my own lala-take perhaps?) as we have but seemingly without the ongoing mind chatter and anxiousness, provides us with a front-row seat to delight, awe and a calming influence.

While removing front lawn to simplify and water-save, two lizards have shown their underground tunnel entrance to their home. Now that we're rather used to one another, they freely scurry out and about. Nature's acrobats.

As usual, a great eclectic grouping of info! Drones never cease to amaze - as do 13 year old boys!

I find myself looking at the natural world with some envy these days. I often think our intellect is our curse creating things for us to worry about. Yes, many of the things we do impact and endanger our non-human neighbors, but they go on in innocence living their lives with no concern for things beyond their purview. If our innocence survives our infancy we're lucky.
I need to go hug my cat.

Bless the animal stories and 3 cheers to 13 year old creative teenagers.

Thank you for the bit of respite this morning. My grandson will be excited about the raptor site, a couple of their observation sites are within driving distance of us.

Remy! Love this cat that spreads love and cheer, generates care and concern, and left me beaming long after reading your post. XO

You'll get me every time with animal stories. Always my favorite. That seal reminds me of both my cat and my dog. "Hey, I want a scratch. Come on, right ... there. Ahhh, that's the ticket. Hey, don't stop now!"

There is a Mandarin Duck in Central Park. I also am getting great pleasure from simply watching animals when I am out.

Oh my gosh, if this is what Rishab Jain is coming up with at 13, what will he discover by the time he's 30? So wonderful.

Lovely timing on the nature videos, I especially appreciate the seals and canine ambassadors.

I have a large tuxedo cat, Joe, who moved in almost a year ago after I had been feeding him in the back yard for some months. I had to take him to the vet for an abscess and discovered he was chipped and "belonged" to a lady 2 blocks away. He's 10, and has spent his life traveling around the area, it seems, having made his way even about 12 miles away and then being returned home from the shelter.

She and I agreed that I could take care of him from now on. He prefers to hang out in the back yard and stay out at night, though he will stay in during bad weather. He is very amiable but dislikes strangers, and my "house" cat seems to kind of like him so there is no drama when he comes inside. I like to think of him as my backdoor man!

I'm cat-mom to 3 and a strong advocate of the indoor life for kitties due to the unfortunate existence of both animal and human predators in the great outdoors. Ours have limited outdoor access in good weather via a secure "catio". However, some cats can't (or won't) adapt and insist on doing their own thing. Remy and Joe are likely among them, and I wish safety for both so they can live out all their 9 lives.

Thank you. :)

Re: Springing, Falling, and Confusion, twice a year.

"So we sprang ahead last spring and fell back today. So instead of 9, it's really 8. So is it 8 REALLY now, but ARTIFICIALLY 9 all summer? If so, when I go in my usual hour late, will I be an hour late or TWO hours late in terms of Greenwich Mean Time?"

Under the plain line drawing of the cartoonist's style it said....
"Whatever daylight Daylight-Saving Time saves is lost trying to figure out what time it is."

This was published in the '90's in a Gary Wise and Lance Aldrich cartoon, 'Real Life Adventures' in a small local paper....and still makes me laugh at least twice a year.

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