We ran out of coffee!?! It’s Sunday morning way before the stores open, and I get up to finish this post like I do every Sunday only to discover the most important ingredient to blogging missing. Why do bad things happen to good people, god? Why? Oh, wait. Maybe it means… but I scores a Shockingly Saintly on the dark tetrad personality quiz, so that’s not it.
From the good news file: We’re up to $10.00 whole dollars from the ads on the site. It’s only take us a year to get enough money from them so I can take Ma Belle Femme to Starbucks on date night and get a small coffee each. You can let me know how envious you are of me in the comments.
The rains have come: It has been raining constantly for about two weeks. The Mekong has finally started to rise. It’s only a month behind last year’s schedule and about two months behind what had been normal before climate change. The Cambodian people are fed off of the catch from the Tonle Sap lake which is dependent on the shift in flow from Mekong during the rainy season… and off of the rice grown when the fields flood.
Talk Like a Pirate Day: Sunday 19 September was Talk Like a Pirate Day, so I hope y’all got your Args on. It was also the anniversary of President Garfield’s assassination, so hopefully you lit a candle or something. The poor bastard was shot and lingered for two months. Friday 24 September is the anniversary of Ike integrating the Armed Forces and Saturday is Rocky and Bullwinkle Day. You’ve got a week to get your costume together. You won’t want to miss the festivities wherever you are.
Read Last Week
These are the things I read last week, but not necessarily published last week; although, most of them were. I’ve added a new category of podcasts because I’m cool that way.
infiltration?!? exploitation!?! Sounds bad. Apparently, Wikipedia has elected administrators who have access to user information. Who knew? Apparently, there is a Chinese edition of Wikipedia. Who knew? Apparently, the Chinese engineered the election of administrators sympathetic to the Xi regime and they were revealing information about Hong Kong resistance members. The Hong Kong Free Press investigated and reported, and Wikipedia gave those folks the axe.
Now, it’s science fact! As it turns out, wearing glasses really does make you smarter… or at least improved the elementary school performance of the kids who had undetected sight issues. Go figure. Seeing the board helped those kids make better grades. Of the 60,000 students enrolled in Baltimore’s public school system from pre-K to eighth grade, 15,000 needed glasses but didn’t have them. Those kids got the help they needed and proved the point that investing in our kids pays off.
Everyone’s a voyeur, right? The Real Life Cheating Wife blog is fascinating. It is something that I find myself reading and feeling slightly icky about afterward, but, like her, I can’t stop. And, like her, I feel like I gotta share it with somebody!
That’s still a thing? I remember when running barefoot became a thing. The indians do it, so it must be good. I’d lived in third world countries for a decade or more by then and seen what running barefoot through the natural environment does to your feet. No thanks. Since you can’t sell barefoot, we got barefoot shoes. One supposes to to stop small bits of glass from penetrating the soles of your feet. And, now, they’ve graduated to minimalist shoes. I’m not sold, but our dear friend, the Chatty Introvert is. Check out her reaction to her minimalist shoes and see how her work out fares.
Must see TV. Friend of the blog, Tengrain, from over at Mock, Paper, Scissors pays tribute to Norm McDonald who passed from a decade long bout with cancer with a clip from an appearance on some late night talk show with a host that I almost know the name of. Anyway, it is must see TV. Do yourself a favor, head on over and check it out.
California really is nuts! As it turns out California really just might be nuts. Scientists there have found that squirrels have human-like personality traits! Yeah, maybe so. That squirrel whose always chattering at me for napping on the porch sounds a lot like my favorite drunk uncle, Ingus Fatuus, chattering at me for be such a ding-dang-dumb libel.
Children really do lead us: Archaeologists from Cornell have found what they believe to be the earliest deliberately made hand and foot prints or art made by human beings, or at least the genus Homo because they think they were made by Homo denisovan at a hot springs outside of Quesang, Tibet. The hot springs are still used, by the by. Utterly fascinating to see the 100,000 year old handprints made by a seven and twelve year old. They could’ve been anyone of us.
Podcasts are the new blogs. I got into blogging way late in that I started reading and writing blogs well after they heyday had long long past. I found podcasts sooner in that cycle. Here are episodes from two podcast that I enjoy listening to while doing my household chores, Hidden Brain and #SistersInLaw.
Is sex ever just sex?In this episode, Shankar Vedantam interviews Lisa Wade a Tulane sociologist about her new book, American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus. Spoiler: it’s just rape culture because men.
It’s the chat, stupid! I LOVE the podcast #SistersInLaw! Why didn’t I start listening it to it sooner? The first five minutes of the show are them just chatting usually about a theme of the show, but this most recent episode the chat ended up with empty nest anecdotes. Sweet, funny, interesting. You feel like you’re sitting around one of their kitchen table’s. The other thing I love is their commercial breaks where they “talk” woodenly about using their sponsor’s products. Man, talk about unintended comedy. Of course, there’s their legal talk based on their collective legal experience.
#COVID19 news from the US and Cambodia. Mostly Cambodia, though.
- #SilverLining? The good news is that hospitalization rates in ‘Bama are falling! The bad news, because of the high fatality rate. Welcome to the Republican Dystopia where your life can be sacrificed for the greater good of our psychopathic ruling elites.
- Phnom Penh is Phnomenal! Phnom Penh has officially been ushered into the ranks of the most vaccinated cities in the world.
- Schools Reopening! The government is allowing children 6 to 11 to be vaccinated, so they’re lining ’em up and jab their arms. That means they’re reopening schools. Immediately upon reopening, 23 students are infected with #COVID19 and five schools have already been closed.
- They’re high! Cambodia is now aiming for a 91% vaccination rate once they begin vaccinating three to six year olds. They will be one of the few countries with a vaccination rate that high.
- We keep climbing! Even though Cambodia is achieving a phnomenal vaccination rate, the cases of #COVID19 keep rising. We’re averaging 650 new cases a day, the active case rate is above 4500 for the first time in months, but deaths have dropped slightly. Maybe the vaccinations are keeping people alive and out of the hospital?
- BURR DEMING’s phenomenal weekly list has been posted over at Fair and Unbalanced with its usual snarky annotation of various and sundry news and blog items from around the web.
- Of Cabbages and Kings is the maddest of the mad pingbackers! Not only does he link to Ye Olde Blogge pretty often and comments, too, he links to many others. Check out what Robert has linked to recently!
- Mock, Paper, Scissors provides a daily rundown of the day’s news and events littered with a pleasing amount of snark, sarcasm, and the occasional profanity.
- Mike’s Blog Round Up provides links to some of the Interwebs smaller quality blogs. It has been hosted by Crooks and Liars. for nearly 20 years now.
- I spend too much of my monday going through INFIDEL 753 ‘s weekly posting of interesting stuff from around the Internet. You should, too.
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