Weekly News

Welcome back! Another week, another chance to impress with my array of intriguing stories. The following will not disappoint, or, at the very least, they will make you giggle.

This first story defines strange flea market oddities. Who wants a bejeweled Victorian gas mask?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/brooklyn-flea-market-oddities_us_58c05d1ee4b054a0ea675c98?section=us_weird-news

Perfect story for International Women’s Day. I bet she could even accomplish this feat backwards in heels. 😉

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/a-reporter-in-heels-just-ran-the-most-impressive-40-at-nfl-combine_us_58bd9b52e4b0d8c45f452560?section=us_weird-news

I don’t pretend to have a full grasp of this incredible science story, but I love challenging myself. Science is fascinating!

http://www.livescience.com/58171-time-crystals-created-in-the-lab.html

That’s all folks. See you back here in seven.

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IWSG and Weekly News

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Welcome back to another posting of The Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG). Time once again for a virtual gathering of twitching laptop-chained writers. We may require coffee and chocolate to stay engaged, but those are at hand. Yum. 😉

Thank you to this month’s co-hosts:  Tamara Narayan, Patsy Collins, M.J. Fifield, and Nicohle Christopherson!

The question this month relates to dusting off really old stories. I personally do not have that experience, so I’ll instead trumpet some good news about my WIP. I just found out that my submission in a local writing contest garnered me 3rd place in the science fiction/fantasy category. Woo-hoo! I’m even more pleased to know that it underwent further development before being sent to another contest, which bodes well for a higher place. My fingers are most definitely crossed.

 

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Time for some news. March is here! I cannot believe it is finally here. I need spring. I want warm weather and long days, and summer … I can’t wait for summer. I know I’m ahead of myself. Shut up. Let me fantasize. Ah…

This first story has an amazing shot of a UFO. Wait, it’s a jellyfish. They do not seem equivalent, but you need to take a look and decide for yourself.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jellyfish-ufo-american-samoa_us_58b604d6e4b060480e0cb577?section=us_weird-news

This next story makes me proud of the next generation. Too many people forget to acknowledge how many really good kids are out there.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/puppy-trapped-well-robot-arm-istanbul_us_58adc905e4b04a0b274ee203?section=us_weird-news

The jellyfish picture made me long to look at other ocean images. So much beauty in our largely unexplored depths.

http://www.livescience.com/58017-amazing-underwater-photos.html

That will do it for me. See you in seven.

 

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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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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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