Weekly News

Welcome back. It is time for a blast of news: an interesting blast, a spectacular blast, ah…you judge for yourself. 🙂

This seems like a legit topic for a president to weigh in on. I mean pineapple … where will it end?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/iceland-president-guoni-johannesson-pineapple-pizza_us_58ac7164e4b02a1e7dac2c24?section=us_weird-news

I just love this contest. I would have so much fun trying to sculpt my own do.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hair-freezing-takhini-hot-pools_us_58a77606e4b07602ad54a5ca?section=us_weird-news

What a game changer. This is why science  and thinking is important.

http://www.livescience.com/57902-magic-foil-cools-buildings.html

That’s all folks. See you in seven.

 

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Weekly News

Sorry this is a day late. I had conferences the past two nights. Last night I just couldn’t. Tired brain and writing is as likely to be funny as incoherent. I chose instead to be an incoherent, semi-conscious vegetable for my whole hour between work and bed. It is a decision I stand by. 😉

First up is a heart-warming trick to get people to donate to this animal rescue organization. I’m all for pulling at heartstrings to get people to take care of animals.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/goat-loves-ups-man_us_58a54ed5e4b037d17d24d5a3?section=us_weird-news

Major props to Officer Chris Womack. Police officers do so much that goes unnoticed, glad this rookie is getting some attention for a very brave act.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cop-drive-thru-fire-jack-in-the-box_us_58a4381ae4b0ab2d2b1ab5b3?section=us_weird-news

Last up, who knew that oceans contained some of the most beneficial lawns imaginable. This is the first year I’m teaching about ecosystems, and I think this is definitely worth a mention.

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/seagrasses-boost-ecosystem-health-fighting-bad-bacteria?tgt=nr

That’ll do it for me this *cough* afternoon. See you in six.

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Weekly News

What’s up? It’s Wednesday yet again, and I’m feeling the urge to listen to music. So… I’m going to share.

Love, love, love this song!

Different feel and tone, but equally loved. Enjoy!

Last up, a science song that I love to play for my students.

That’ll do it for me tonight. See you here in seven.

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IWSG and Weekly News

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It is once again time for the monthly Insecure Writer’s Support Group posting. This is a wonderful chance for light-sensitive writers to reach through their computer screens to the larger web. Come witness the stunning poltergeist effect. It is quite entertaining.

The fantastic co-hosts for this month are Misha Gericke,  Christy LK Hill, Juneta Key, and Joylene Buter!

This month’s question is: How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?

Being a writer has changed my reading experience in two primary ways. First and foremost, I’m pickier. There were few chances before I began writing more seriously in which I would put a book down after getting a few chapters into it. Even so-so books had to be finished. I had to know. I’m plot and character hungry and have always been. Only very bad books escaped my hunger before.

And now? I struggle with some of the so-so books. I have such huge to-read stacks to fuel my writing. I just can’t take on many of the mediocre ones any longer.

This is also partially connected to my second biggest change: I read as much for craft as story. I rarely noticed craft elements when I use to read before. As I said, hungry. Devour might even be a better word for how I use to read. But now, I pause and admire or criticize POV decisions, character arcs, single book and series arcs, etc…

I can see behind the walls now.

 

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Time for the weekly news. I will stay clear of the bright, red news dominating in the U.S. at this moment. I. Just. Can’t.

This first story seems like an interesting and helpful product, but as the comments address, it could get weird. Kudos to Frito Lay, though. Good idea!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tostitos-breathalyzer-twitter-reactions_us_5890b148e4b02772c4e94c45?section=us_weird-news

I hate sagging pants as much as the next girl, but psychological counseling as a stepped-up consequence? Pardon me while I roll my eyes.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/sagging-pants-bill-mississippi_us_588aed2ce4b0230ce61b2e9c?section=us_weird-news

In science news: I love volcanoes! So beautiful!

http://www.livescience.com/57701-lava-firehose-steams-into-ocean.html

That’s it for me again this week. See you here in seven.

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Weekly News

Welcome back one and all! It is Wednesday once again, all of a sudden in my corner of the world. I hope the week is treating you well. If not, the news can be your treat. If it is, a cherry on top.

It was nap time, and people had the nerve to disturb his nap. Geez.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/sea-lion-naps-on-roof-of-a-car-because-its-the-weekend_us_5885e317e4b096b4a232d6f7?section=us_weird-news

The guy became his own lending library. I think the library felt it was a legit reason to return the book late, especially given the “unexpected journey” aspect of it.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/The-Hobbit-book-returned-after-38-year-10871211.php

Using angular momentum to encode more information in beams of traveling light is brilliant. I can’t even come close to understanding the totality of the how, but it fascinates me regardless. Science!

http://www.livescience.com/56942-physicists-send-twisted-light-message.html

That will do it for me tonight. Seven more earthly rotations before I see you again. I can’t wait! 🙂

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Weekly News

It is Wednesday once again. Fast, huh? Rather than feeling old by the speed at which the Earth rotates and repeats, I have some news for you. That and a cup of hot chocolate for myself. Small pleasures soothe everything. 🙂

This first story explains my mouth. I’m just honest.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/swear-often-honest-study_us_587493a0e4b099cdb0ff47ad?section=us_weird-news

He is HUGE. Yikes!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/massive-alligator-florida-video_us_587cfd1fe4b0e58057ffa976?section=us_weird-news

Multiple Earth impacts creating debris that could come together as our moon versus a single impact is fascinating. There is still so much we don’t know, but science keeps trying to figure things out. I heart science!

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/many-tiny-moons-came-together-form-moon-simulations-suggest

That will do it for me tonight. Same time, same place next week. See you in seven.

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Weekly News

Welcome back to another hump day. With Wednesday here, Friday is closer. Sigh …Three-day weekend on the horizon. I can’t wait. News first, though.

At first I thought this story was yet another example of people wasting time online, but that was before I watched. It is strangely satisfying. Calming. Very weird.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/video-road-surface-australia-viral_us_5875e28fe4b05b7a465c7f44?section=us_weird-news

The poor giraffe’s not greedy. The silly family just forgot to bring his cone for him. When you want a cone, you want a cone.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/giraffe-steals-ice-cream-cone_us_58757246e4b092a6cae3b1a4?section=us_weird-news

This is an interesting step. I had two very different reactions to this, and, ultimately, could think of at least two different outcomes depending on its implementation. But I’m more curious about what other people think.

http://www.livescience.com/57461-army-wants-biodegradable-bullets.html

That’ll do this for me tonight. I will see you in seven.

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