Friday, June 29, 2012

Expanding the Playlist

June 29, 2012

Note to self: Contact KKOO, the oldies station, and thank them for digging into the archives instead of playing the same tired 300 or so songs that everyone plays.

With a 2-decade time span, and even using only the top 50 songs from each year, there should still be at least 1000 songs to choose from; yet so many stations ignore all but a few tunes from their chosen time frame.

I hope that other stations will follow their example and dig a little deeper.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Or I Could Try Exercising...

June 25, 2012

After serious consideration, and many contenders, I've decided that the invention that would work best for me

Is clothing that actually looks good on people who slouch.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Don't Mess With The Livestock

June 21, 2012

If I were an official of the mining company mentioned below, I’d tread warily. Given that selenium can cause birth defects in livestock; and given that some ranchers have extreme reactions to the wolves who prey on their herds—

I wouldn’t want to be the one blamed for messing up a rancher’s livelihood.

Well, THAT Didn’t Go Well

June 21, 2012

A local mining company was petitioning the EPA to relax its standards about how much selenium it can leave in the water, as opposed to cleaning the area up. (Selenium can cause birth defects in animals.) So, along with a picture of a two-headed baby trout found in the area, they put in a picture of a two-headed baby trout that had not been caused by the selenium (it came from a different part of the country) and said, “See? This can happen anywhere!”

Unfortunately for them, the two-headed trout caught the attention of scientists and environmentalists, who found, tucked away in an appendix of the study, pictures of other deformed trout from this area, and concluded that the company was grossly understating the mutation rate. So now the appeal won't be the shoo-in the company was hoping for.