2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,100 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 18 trips to carry that many people.

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WAZZU Nuts?

WSU Van of some sort, as seen in Seattle

WSU Van of some sort, as seen in Seattle

Saw this van parked in West Seattle this weekend.  Not sure what the story is, maybe a fans truck (yes fans of WSU are that nuts).  Since the Apple Cup was a couple of days ago (a cross state football rivalry between WSU and the UW) it could be a team truck of some sort.

I have also seen several cars with WSU vanity plates on them with a maroon / red as the favored color.  I wounder what would happen if they all parked in the same parking lot?

But found it interesting and thought I would pass it on.

 

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What If You Don’t Know What You Want To Do When You Grow Up?

An interesting TED talk for those that don’t know what they are going to do when they grow up.  Some of us never quite figured it out either.

Hope you enjoy the talk

 – Mumbling Mike –

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How butterflies self-medicate

Interesting talk – many people also self medicate

Just like us, the monarch butterfly sometimes gets sick thanks to a nasty parasite. But biologist Jaap de Roode noticed something interesting about the butterflies he was studying — infected female butterflies would choose to lay their eggs on a specific kind of plant that helped their offspring avoid getting sick.

m/m

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,000 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 17 trips to carry that many people.

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Lemon Stars

Looks like a god holiday cookie, hope to try them soon

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Soda May Age You as Much as Smoking, Study Says

More than just give you gas and lots of calories

TIME

Nobody would mistake sugary soda for a health food, but a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health just found that a daily soda habit can age your immune cells almost two years.

Senior study author Elissa Epel, PhD, professor of psychiatry at University of California San Francisco, wanted to look at the mechanisms behind soda’s storied link to conditions like diabetes, heart attack, obesity, and even higher rates of death. She studied telomeres, the caps at the end of chromosomes in every cell in our body, from white blood cells. Shorter telomeres have been linked to health detriments like shorter lifespans and more stress, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer, the study notes.

Epel and her team analyzed data from 5,309 adults in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from about 14 years ago. They found that people who drank more…

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