Tomorrow is the birth anniversary of Revolutionary War statesman Carter Braxton (1736), evolutionary biologist Jay Gould (1955) Baseballer legend Roger Maris (1934) and fashion designer Elsa Schaparelli (1890). Not much on other annviersaries so TV’s Gunsmoke first air in 1995 and the X-File 1993.
It’s funny watching my not so little girl (she’s 50# now). 🙂 Follow in RJ’s footsteps, tearing up my garden as he did as a pup an now she’s kitchen surfing. For those of you without a puppy and a big kitchen where she can get a running start, she runs from one end of the kitchen to the rend other and jumps on one of their beds and “surfs” across the tile floor. I remember when RJ figured that one out. She also “surfs” on the throw rug. Here’s my big girl:
She doesn’t look much like a puppy anymore, does she?
Progressive insurance has had it’s “safe driver” option for awhile now. It’s a program where the insured agrees to put a devise in their car that monitors driving behavior. Not a terrible thing, on some levels. Allstate has applied for a patent for their version which will also monitor BA levels (not necessarily a bad thing), disttracted driving due to phone calls, etc (will they be recording the conversations?) and other drivers around that vehicle. And in the patent application, they admit they intend to use the data collected and sell it like Google mining your e-mails. A terrible thing. Where will big companies go next with spying on us?
Here’s the cutest reggae video ever Reggea Shark.
Very scary, a family in Armstrong County had their WiFi hacked and lost control of their computer, TV and iPhone since they were all part of the WiFi system. He/She also took control of the webcam and was watching them. Besides everything else, he taunted them saying he saw their daughter in pajamas watching TV in the other room, luckily he/she had access to their bank account and only took a small amount of money.
PA Sales tax is 6%, Allegheny County collects and additional 1%, part of which goes to the Regional Asset District or RAD. Which supports non profits. Attractions that receive RAD money are required to open their doors to the public for free each year. The Carnegie Museums of Natural History Art and Architecture is offering free admission Sunday, September 20, Soldiers and Sailors Hall will have free admission Monday September 21. Phipps Conservatory will have free admission Sunday, September 27. The Warhol and Children’s Museum‘s free day will be also on Sunday, September 27. Go to RAD’s site for a complete listing of all the organizations offering a free admission day, There’ s a lot more than the biggies I just listed .
Besides the headlines grabbing Exxon oil spill when their pipe burst in Montana under the Yellowstone River. In the North Dakota leg of the Yellowstone River nearly 1M gallons of brine killed countless water life in 2006. And they spent $2M on clean up. The problem with brine (the waste from fracking either the oil companies using it to crack the shale rock or it comes up with the oil because it’s naturally occurring down there.The brine is much more salty than sea water and it kills plants and trees that can’t flee from it. And with oil you can see it and there’s microbes in the soil that will actually eat it. (I’m not minimizing the effects, I’m just saying the threat from brine spills is significantly worse.) What got my goat was the cavalier attitude of the Independent Petroleum Association spokeswoman Katie Brown said “In an industrial society, you are going to have spills”. I guess with that logic, with the use of nuclear power, we are going to have melt downs?
I have worked around restaurants most of my life and seen chef’s send out free food often, sometimes it’s a sampling for a regular guest, sometimes it’s trying out new recipes to see the results. It’s becoming a trend in some local restaurants to do it on a regular basis with everyone depending on how much time the kitchen has. These “small bites” have an actual name I just learned Amuse-Bouche pronounced amuse boosh). Several local restaurants that seem to be doing this on a regular basis include Monterrey Bay Fish Grotto, Altius on Mt Washington, Spoon, Paris 66 and the Twisted Frenchman.
This refugee crisis in Europe is mind blowing. It speaks volumes of the governance of their home countries. But if you want to emigrate to a western country, you need to accept our morals and values. I’m OK if you want to wear a burka around your neighborhood, or shopping, going to attractions etc. But if our law for identification says a face picture is needed and you don’t want to do that, go back to the country you fled. This last comment is from the movement in France this past summer where Muslim woman were organizing to fight the law banning head scarfs in photo ID pictures.
That’s enough rambling for one day, enjoy the break in our heat wave, that starts tomorrow 🙂