15 things about caffeine

I'm partial to a well-made espresso. I don't drink them often, certainly not daily, because I'm aware of the caffeine's effects on my body. The infographic below tells you about those effects, which are certainly worth knowing. Caffeine occurs naturally in 60 different plants, not just coffee. Caffeine works by increasing your dopamine levels, which [...]

15 things about marijuana

I'm one of a growing number of people who think marijuana ought to be legalized. I don't use it, but I just don't think a substance less dangerous than coffee and alcohol ought to be illegal. See the infographic below for some facts about marijuana. Here are a few: It's nearly impossible to overdose on [...]

15 things about the tongue

A few tidbits: The blue whale has the largest tongue in the animal kingdom. It's the size of an elephant and weighs 5,400 lbs. The five known tastes detected by the tongue are: bitter, sour, salty, sweet and umami. Tongue cleaning with a tongue scraper is proven to help prevent heart attacks, pneumonia, premature births, [...]

I guess black squirrels really are more aggressive

First I noticed more black squirrels in our neighborhood. Then I read this article in the Daily Mail, which says they're more aggressive and thus compete better for food. Then I saw this, a brawl between a black squirrel and a grey squirrel, during a walk on Beach Drive. The black squirrel attacked the grey [...]

When animation trash gets called art

Last year, I stumbled over the blog of one of the directors for the Ren & Stimpy cartoons, by the name of Vincent Waller. I subscribed, curious to see what one of the people who'd worked on that horrible cartoon was doing nowadays. It didn't take long for me to find out... A few days [...]

Photography, take two, part two

I continued to work on replacing photos hosted with third party services. The list of modified posts is provided below. This has proven to be a huge effort. I had to locate the photos in my digital library -- not all of which is keyworded yet, though I've got location information for all my photos [...]

Photography, take two

Over this weekend and the last several days, I've gone through posts that contain photographs, and replaced all of the images with ones hosted directly at ComeAcross. In the past, I've used photos hosted with third party photo sharing services, and I realize now that's a folly. If a third party service goes down, which [...]

A lesson in civics and citizenship

I happened to look up resources on the Internet that help people prepare for the citizenship test. If you'll remember, I announced last year that the citizenship test would get harder. I was amazed to see how many sites out there charge for access to information that's already available freely, right on the USCIS website. [...]