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Here you go TEB, just what the Boog ordered

Or maybe he didn't, but he was sure sniffing around it like it was yummy trash...

Tomorrow We Have a Storm Watch for CO

Denver Weather: Strong Cold Front To Bring Severe Storms, Mountain Snow
DENVER (CBS4) – Get ready for a pretty wild weather ride just in time for the first full weekend of summer. The new season will officially arrive at 9:54 a.m. on Friday but it will feel more like early spring or late fall!

Over the next 36 hours a strong summer cold front will move into the state bringing unusually cold temperatures over the next few days. Ahead of the front it will be windy and very warm which will drive up the fire danger on Colorado’s western slope today.

I can tell you right now whom I blame for this...

You Birders Are Indecisive! What's the Collective Noun for Robins?

There are so many robins around at the moment, gracing our gardens, parks and woodlands with their songs and territorial squabbles and bright bursts of cheery redness, that I couldn’t help but wonder what collective noun is used for the robin. So, I googled, and found two different lists, though both had many of the same words. The British Bird Lovers website says their list was chosen by members of their Facebook page, though I’m not sure when that occurred, and the Bird Guides website reports on a poll conducted by BTO and the Sunday Express in 2011, where members of the public gave their suggestions.

This is the combined list, accompanied, of course, by lots of photos of cute robins because you can never have too many robins! Which name is your favourite?

a round of robins
a breast of robins
a blush of robins
a bobbin of robins
a carol of robins
a gift of robins
a reliant of robins
a riot of robins
a rouge of robins
a ruby of robins
a rabble of robins
a red of robbins
a squabble of robins
a rash of robins
a hood of robins


I may have to go with a reliant of robins because:

Let's Just Have a Pet Peeve Thread

My pet peeve: people walking their dog with one of those retractable leashes that are only meant for training purposes. Dude, you aren't supposed to let your dog run around on a 30' leash!

What's the worst thing you've ever had in your mouth?

It doesn't have to be food, but it could be.

Mine would be gear oil. The smell alone is enough to make you gag.
Foodwise, I would have to say an oyster. Come to think of it, I would rather have gear oil than an oyster!

"1984" at Seventy: Why We Still Read Orwell's Book of Prophecy

George Orwell’s “1984,” published seventy years ago today, has had an amazing run as a work of political prophecy. It has outlasted in public awareness other contenders from its era, such as Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” (1932), Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” (1953), and Anthony Burgess’s “A Clockwork Orange” (1962), not to mention two once well-known books to which it is indebted, Yevgeny Zamyatin’s “We” (1921) and Arthur Koestler’s “Darkness at Noon” (1940). “1984” is obviously a Cold War book, but the Cold War ended thirty years ago. What accounts for its staying power?

Partly it’s owing to the fact that, unlike “Darkness at Noon,” Orwell’s book was not intended as a book about life under Communism. It was intended as a warning about tendencies within liberal democracies, and that is how it has been read. The postwar Sovietization of Eastern Europe produced societies right out of Orwell’s pages, but American readers responded to “1984” as a book about loyalty oaths and McCarthyism. In the nineteen-seventies, it was used to comment on Nixon and Watergate. There was a bounce in readership in 1983-84—four million copies were sold that year—because, well, it was 1984. And in 2016 it got a bump from Trump.


Tutored a Man from Chad Today

I work as a writing tutor at the community college. Most of my tutees are foreigners, so I get to read a lot of interesting stories...

This man brought me an essay he had written for his Philosophy class. He wanted help with grammar (the usual complaint.) We finished going over that paper, and he brought out a second one for me to look at. I'm not supposed to check more than one paper per session, but he was the only other person I had today. I just went ahead...

His second paper was a cover letter for a scholarship application. The prompt he was responding to was "What was the biggest obstacle you faced in your education and how did you overcome it?" You've probably seen a similar, mundane prompt at some point in your life. It's the kind of prompt that makes you wonder if the people awarding the scholarships have any creativity at all.

Well, the man began his essay by pointing out that he had grown up during a time of civil war in his country. His biggest obstacle was acquiring access to any kind of education at all. He went on to mention that he and his uncle were arrested by the government and beaten; his uncle later died from the wounds he had received. The rest of his story was about coming to America and working his way through school to finally be where he was now: in college.

His was not the first horror story I've read from the students who attend the college. For the decade I have taught and tutored there, I have heard dozens of such stories from across the globe. All these stories I read and hear from students have had an impact on me. How could they not?! I could give you some sort of message that I take away from a story like this, but I feel like telling you the message would render it much less powerful and I would sound like one of those people creating prosaic prompts for scholarship applications.

Which One of You Stole My Mojo?

Give it back right now! I need it for a hot date tomorrow.

Listened to 2 Minutes of Xtian Talk Radio

They got my attention by mentioning how scientists had discovered a galaxy 50 billion light years away. I thought it would be about science, so I listened. Then came the part about how science relies on "exaggeration and conjecture". I was dumbfounded for a few seconds, and then I turned the station.

What gets me is that all the progress made in the last 1,000 years gets thrown out the window when it comes to religion, and this is what RW radio has been spewing for decades? No wonder listeners are so incredibly thick!

The next big thing in fashion? Not washing your clothes

Unbound is part of a broader wave of startups designing clothes that require less laundering. An eco-friendly brand called Pangaia, which launched late last year and already counts celebrities like Jaden Smith and Justin Bieber as fans, creates $85 seaweed fiber T-shirts that are treated with peppermint oil to keep the shirts fresher longer between washes. The brand estimates that this will save about 3,000 liters of water over the course of a lifetime, compared to a regular cotton T-shirt. Then there is menswear label Wool & Prince, which creates everything from $128 oxford shirts to $42 boxer briefs out of wool, all designed to be washed infrequently. Last year, the company launched a sister womenswear brand called Wool& that makes dresses that can be worn for 100 days straight without washing.

This new flock of wash-less brands are capitalizing on the convenience of not having to launder your clothes a lot, which is particularly useful if you’re traveling or crunched for time. But they’re also making an environmental argument: Over-washing clothes is not good for the planet. Washing machines account for 17% of our home water usage, and a quarter of a garment’s carbon footprint over the course of its lifetime comes from cleaning it. And yet, washing machine company AEG estimates that 90% of clothes washed aren’t actually dirty enough to be thrown in the laundry basket.

Part of this has to do with the fact that laundry detergent brands have convinced consumers that they need to wash their clothes frequently, perhaps even after every wear, to be clean and hygienic. For instance, many laundry detergent ads show parents washing their children’s muddy and messy clothes, suggesting that good parenting involves doing a lot of laundry. Mac Bishop, who founded Wool & Prince, saw this firsthand. His first job after college was working for the marketing department of Unilever, which produces dozens of laundry detergent brands around the world. “The only way to grow as a laundry detergent brand is to make customers feel like they need to keep washing their clothes more and more,” he says.


Sounds good to me! I don't like washing clothes at all. If I can go two weeks wearing the same pair of underwear... Heaven!
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