Fortune cookies are so deep, dude

“Courage is simply not one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.”

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This was found in a small box of paints that was last opened in…oh..about 8 years. Let’s just say the paints didn’t make it. However, tucked in the edges of the box were these remnants of a few previously-consumed fortune cookies.

I don’t know why I save stuff like this. I’m not a hoarder, but I do save a few strange odds-and-ends. What I do know is that finding tiny gems — like this lovely specimen that has already found it’s place on a new collage — is like going back in time. You can’t quite remember every single moment sometimes, but the glimpses you get are priceless.

Until next time,

Love, Lola

Most of us will never see the Milky Way, and here’s why

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Generations of people have never seen the Milky Way thanks to light pollution, and sadly they never will. Credit: Diana Juncher/ESO

It’s been about 40 years since I’ve seen the Milky Way in person. That was at church camp when we set out one night to climb a mountain to watch a meteor shower. I can’t see the Milky Way’s majesty these days because of light pollution, and sadly, I’m not alone.

According to a new global atlas of light pollution, the Milky Way is “a faded memory to one third of humanity and 80 percent of Americans.”

All I see when looking up at the night sky is an inky dull blackness, or a foggy haze created by the lights of the city bouncing off atmospheric particles or clouds. This is what most of us in the United States experience on a nightly basis.

Sure, we have our national parks to visit, and most of the boast wonderful nighttime views of our home galaxy. But not all of us can get there, so we must rely on others to provide us photographs. I love those, of course, but that’s all they are — photographs.

The United States isn’t the only one missing out on views of our home galaxy. Light pollution is most extensive in countries like Singapore, Italy and South Korea. However, if you’re in Canada or Australia, chances are you’ll have a better chance of seeing the Milky Way in all her glory. In addition, only small areas of night sky remain relatively undiminished in western Europe, mainly in Scotland, Sweden and Norway.

You can read my full article on STEAMRegister.com.

 

What to do with Tesla’s ashes?

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There’s a big battle brewing in Belgrade over the ashes of Nikola Tesla.

Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist, but he was best known and revered for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system.

Tesla was born of Serbian parents on July 10, 1856 in what is now Croatia and died at the age of 86 in New York on January 7, 1943.

Five days after his passing, Tesla’s body was taken to the Ferncliff Cemetery in Ardsley, New York, where it was later cremated. Since 1953, his ashes have been displayed in a gold-plated sphere on a marble pedestal in the Nikola Tesla Museum in the Serbian capital.

Now, the Serbian Orthodox Church wants to move the ashes to St. Sava’s Cathedral. This apparently has some people quite disturbed.

Read my full article for more information.

Potatoes Are Bad, But Seafood Is Good

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Image Courtesy Pixabay/Public Domain

I took some time this weekend to pen a few articles about diet and nutrition. Perhaps you’ll find one (or both) helpful.

First, much to my dismay (and a hefty helping of skepticism) is a study on potatoes. See, potatoes are supposed to be kind of good for you. They’re bursting at the seams with antioxidants, essential vitamins, fiber, potassium, and magnesium, just to name a few. What’s more, potatoes are also gluten-free (of course) and low in calories, provided you don’t pile too much butter and cheese on top. Additionally, at just 110 calories, one medium potato has no fat, sodium or cholesterol.

However, according to new research, if you eat four or more servings per week, you’re on the fast track to high blood pressure, aka hypertension.

Let’s face it, ANYTHING and EVERYTHING at some point has been blamed for high blood pressure, cancer, heart disease, etc.

Interestingly, however, this study found no risk from eating potato chips. Hmmmm. I’m sure they’ll find a loophole though.

The other study I reported on provided some good news, thankfully.

I have a friend whose mother is sadly suffering from dementia. So any time I find research on the subject I try to cover it for her.

This new study found that people who ate more seafood had reduced rates of decline in the semantic memory, which is memory of verbal information. They also had slower rates of decline in a test of perceptual speed, or the ability to quickly compare letters, objects and patterns.

I’m not a big seafood eater, but since I’ve started wandering into a room and forgetting why I was there, I think I may need to start giving it another shot. Even fish sticks were included in this study. I think I can handle those, as long as there’s a ton of ketchup on the side.

Give the articles a read and see if they help you out. But as with any health report you read, ALWAYS consult your doctor or dietician before making changes to your diet. Do not rely solely on what you read on the Internet.

Secondly, eat what you love. Just do it responsibly. Only you and your doctor know what’s going on inside your body.

Blinky is Done!

Finally finished Blinky yesterday. Man is he heavy! No clue how I will ever be able to hang him. See, he’s painted on a piece of drywall. And drywall is where you hang paintings. So I’m in a bit of a quandry with this one ROFL.

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They Just Found The Building Blocks Of Life On Rosetta’s Comet!

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While it’s not quite Marvin the Martian, ESA has announced that ingredients regarded as crucial for the origin of life on Earth have been discovered at the comet that ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has been probing for almost two years. Bryon Sosinski/Facebook

Scientists announced on Friday that the Rosetta spacecraft has detected crucial ingredients for life on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, which it has been probing for almost two years.

They include the amino acid glycine, which is commonly found in proteins, and phosphorus, a key component of DNA and cell membranes.

“This is the first unambiguous detection of glycine at a comet,” said Kathrin Altwegg, principal investigator of the ROSINA instrument that made the measurements, and lead author of a new study published in Science Advances. “At the same time, we also detected certain other organic molecules that can be precursors to glycine, hinting at the possible ways in which it may have formed.”

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