Falling asleep at the bus station is never a good thing.
Except when somebody is filming you falling on the ground.
Then it’s funny.
Falling asleep at the bus station is never a good thing.
Except when somebody is filming you falling on the ground.
Then it’s funny.
These wolves were born and raised in captivity.
Still the bond between man and the wolves is amazing.
Our wolves were born in captivity and habituated to human contact to allow for close up observation of various aspects of their behavior, both as individuals and as packs. These wolves would not be suitable for release because of their habituation to humans. Wolf Park is a non profit behavioral research facility. The staff is paid meager wages for very long hours. Our wolves have been effective ambassadors for the wild wolf population for 40 years. Please visit Wolf Park and see for yourself.
The obstacle course
Shows my swift abilities
To move like spider
You are still pregnant?
This must be the longest pregnancy
In the history of human race
You embrace this condition
With the smile on your face
Good for you girl
Wish you all the luck
Give the birth already
It’s a baby time!!!
And not to be left out of the growing technological addictions…
Dogs join the party.
And by DogTV, I mean TV for your dog & not a channel for dog lovers.
[via Telegraph] Two months after it debuted on local networks in California, the canine cable channel has now launched online and is headed for national distribution, according to the channel’s executives.
Known as DOGTV, the channel “offers a promise to our beloved best friends that they should never again feel alone.”
The advertising-free programming is aimed at stay-at-home dogs whose out-to-work masters fret about the separation anxiety their pets suffer, and the trouble they get into, when left unattended for long stretches of time.
Billed as the first channel of its kind, DOGTV made its premiere in February as a free, around-the-clock offering carried by cable and on-demand services in San Diego, reaching some 483,000 homes in California’s second-largest city.
The content is scientifically tailored for four-legged audiences, with even the sound, colours and camera angles adjusted to make them more appealing to canines according to the channel’s website. [Read More]
Make one wonder what kind of programming would be shown on this channel all day.
Something like this?
Coming Soon: “Dogs In Cars: California”
Music by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
“Anne With An E” and “Heaven’s Gonna Happen Now”
Now that is programming I could get behind!
However, others probably NOT so much.
I can see the headline now:
Cats will undoubtedly drum-up their very own class action lawsuit because THEY don’t have their own TV channel, which is surely a clear sign of species discrimination.
It WILL happen.
Cause you know dogs, once this channel goes global…
They’ll just HAVE to rub it in.
Unless you’re a dog.
Have you ever realized that you left your house without your cell phone, and no matter how far/near you were to your destination, you found yourself turned around, heading back for your phone?
Sure you have…Don’t deny it.
Immediately lost at sea is how you feel without your phone, and you know it.
However too much connectivity, to anyone, any place, anything…
Is it possible that it could be a bad thing?
[via io9] Do you feel more lonely after using your smart phone?
In a recently-posted TED talk, MIT professor and psychologist Sherry Turkle explains why people who are constantly tethered to their smart phones feel so alone. She argues that loneliness in the age of social media has become far more crippling than ever before in history. But is she right that connectivity is driving us apart?
The Fantasy of the Smart Phone
The strongest and most brilliant part of Turkle’s talk, based on her recent book Alone Together, is when she carefully breaks down the way that smart phones embody three potent human fantasies. First, they give us the illusion that we have complete control over where we direct our attention. We can always use them to tune out when something in the real world is boring or annoying us. Second, they make us feel like we can always be heard, because we can broadcast our thoughts via social media, texts, or email whenever we want. And third, they promise a life where we are never lonely because we are always in touch with “friends” and “events” online.
If you have ever wondered why people clutch their phones like absurdly tiny lifeboats that require constant upgrades, Turkle’s analysis of phone-as-fantasy explains why. Sure, we need our phones for purely practical reasons. But our emotional attachment to them is way out of proportion to our daily needs. [Read More]
More than likely.
For you see, the more technological connectivity available TO us?
The less we are likely to for any real-life, physical connections.
[via The Atlantic]Is Facebook Making Us Lonely? [...]
We are living in an isolation that would have been unimaginable to our ancestors, and yet we have never been more accessible. Over the past three decades, technology has delivered to us a world in which we need not be out of contact for a fraction of a moment. In 2010, at a cost of $300 million, 800 miles of fiber-optic cable was laid between the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange to shave three milliseconds off trading times. Yet within this world of instant and absolute communication, unbounded by limits of time or space, we suffer from unprecedented alienation. We have never been more detached from one another, or lonelier. In a world consumed by ever more novel modes of socializing, we have less and less actual society. We live in an accelerating contradiction: the more connected we become, the lonelier we are. We were promised a global village; instead we inhabit the drab cul-de-sacs and endless freeways of a vast suburb of information.
At the forefront of all this unexpectedly lonely interactivity is Facebook, with 845 million users and $3.7 billion in revenue last year. The company hopes to raise $5 billion in an initial public offering later this spring, which will make it by far the largest Internet IPO in history. Some recent estimates put the company’s potential value at $100 billion, which would make it larger than the global coffee industry—one addiction preparing to surpass the other. Facebook’s scale and reach are hard to comprehend: last summer, Facebook became, by some counts, the first Web site to receive 1 trillion page views in a month. In the last three months of 2011, users generated an average of 2.7 billion “likes” and comments every day. On whatever scale you care to judge Facebook—as a company, as a culture, as a country—it is vast beyond imagination.
Despite its immense popularity, or more likely because of it, Facebook has, from the beginning, been under something of a cloud of suspicion. The depiction of Mark Zuckerberg, in The Social Network, as a bastard with symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome, was nonsense. But it felt true. It felt true to Facebook, if not to Zuckerberg. The film’s most indelible scene, the one that may well have earned it an Oscar, was the final, silent shot of an anomic Zuckerberg sending out a friend request to his ex-girlfriend, then waiting and clicking and waiting and clicking—a moment of superconnected loneliness preserved in amber. We have all been in that scene: transfixed by the glare of a screen, hungering for response. [Read More]
With all of its infinite connections?
For us, its seems has turned us all into very lonely people.
Not going to deny…
That the very thought of having access to what was written in all these old tomes, centuries ago, doesn’t drive me crazy with excitement.
Cause boy, does it!
[via Arstechnica]1.5 million pages of ancient texts to be made accessible online
This week the University of Oxford and the Vatican announced a plan to collaborate in digitizing 1.5 million pages of rare and ancient texts, most dating from the 16th century or earlier. The project is expected to span about 4 years and was made possible by a donation of £2 million (approximately $3.1 million) from the Polonsky Foundation—a charitable organization that supports higher education, medical research, and other general matters in the arts and sciences.
Specifically, the texts will include pages from Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV). The digitized pages will include early printed books—called incunabula—from Rome and the surrounding area; Greek manuscripts including early church texts and works by Homer, Sophocles, Plato, Hippocrates; and Hebrew manuscripts from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. “With approximately two-thirds of the material coming from the BAV and the remainder from the Bodleian, the digitization effort will also benefit scholars by uniting virtually materials that have been dispersed between the two collections over the centuries,” a statement from Oxford read.
The aim of the project, as envisioned by the Polonsky Foundation is “to democratize access to information, [seeing] increasing digital access to these two library collections, among the greatest in the world, as a significant step in sharing the wealth of resources on a global scale.”[Read More]
But even as much as I love the thought of being able to read what was written so long ago…
Or being given an opportunity ONLY because of the wonders of technology?
The organic feel of holding in your hand, feeling the pages, smelling them…
Is an experience technology will never be able to replicate.
[via Gizmodo] Why Old Books Get That Old Book Smell
There’s nothing quite as pungent as walking into a book store specializing in old tomes. But why do they produce such a strong and unique smell as they age? Basically every book is an organic chemical reaction just waiting to happen.
Books printed in the 19th and 20th centuries are particularly prone to breaking down because of the chemicals used in the paper pulp and the acidic inks on the pages. As soon as they come off the printing press the various chemicals start to react, giving off potent vapors, and the process is expedited when books are exposed to light and moisture. Oddly enough the manuscripts created by the earliest-known printers will survive even longer than the books printed today since the paper they used contained far fewer chemicals. So maybe Harper Collins can still learn something from old Gutenberg? [YouTube via Explore via Coudal] [Read More]
They are the physical embodiment of someones thoughts, which you can HOLD in your very hands. In that? There IS a physical connection between you and the author, for you hold a piece of them. That reality never fails to move me every time I pick up a book. It is always the very first thought I have. “This, right here in my hand? Thoughts given form, made whole.” I read a lot, all the time, online. I have read books, and will continue to do so via Kindle. But not once has the technology, which made so much of my online reading possible, conveyed any deeper sense of wonderment to me, though the text I was reading.
And for that, even as I celebrate the access to all this old material…
I shall ever mourn the loss.
Oh, I can just see it now…
The political media machine will be working double-time this weekend.
On the conservative media side?
You WILL see this headline:
Here’s their proof.
According to an Air Force spokesman, the modified Boeing 757 plane hit the bird just as it was approaching the airport and landed without incident.
The plane landed safely as a precautionary measure and is currently being inspected to assess if there is any damage, said Lieutenant Gregg Johnson, a public affairs officer for the Air Force.
Lt. Johnson said the bird strike was not flagged as an emergency and that all passengers, including the vice president, were safe.
Biden and his traveling party left Santa Barbara Friday afternoon for Delaware as scheduled, but aboard an alternate Air Force plane, a spokesperson in the Office of the Vice President said.
Air Force Two is being inspected before being returned to service.
On Thursday, a Los Angeles-bound Delta flight made an emergency landing at JFK Airport in New York after striking a bird shortly after takeoff. [Read More]
As for the liberal media…
No to be left out from absolutely political agenda-driven publishing, which is so obviously biased, and just out-right ridiculous that it makes my head hurt?
You will see THIS headline:
[via Mediaite]At the end of his show on Thursday, Lawrence O’Donnell addressed the source of political outrage du jour: CookieGate. O’Donnell spoke to the baker himself, John Walsh. “I was dumbfounded,” Walsh said — adding that everyone at Bethel Bakery was very excited about Mitt Romney‘s visit.
Asked about how he felt when Romney said the cookies came from a 7-Eleven, Walsh said, “I couldn’t believe it. I was shocked. I just was dumbfounded.” They were all quite excited, he said. Adding that the cookies were likely well-received, he said the comment still surprised them.
O’Donnell said: “John, you’re a Republican, a small businessman. He’s talking about you in every one of his speeches he’s reading in that teleprompter. He’s celebrating you, you are the American hero, the small businessman. What do you make of how sincere that talk sounds to you now?”
Walsh replied, “Well, I think that the comment he made was really a simple naive, an icebreaker.
“But, John,” O’Donnell said. “In what place in the world do you break the ice by insulting what has been presented to you by your host? That’s the part I don’t get. I have never heard of anyone doing that.”
“Well, certainly he was — made a mistake,” Walsh said. “And we would like to have him come back so he can really have the best taste of Bethel Bakery again.” [Read More] [Aside: via Townhall.com:Watch O'Donnell quickly put the hook around John Walsh's (aka "cookiegate" baker) neck as soon as Walsh refuses to condemn Romney and instead invites him back to his bakery! Click this link to watch the video!]
Of course you haven’t seen these headlines…
But its the weekend, and if news pundits are anything? They are consistently obviously biased…
And just stoopid.
Can’t we cut out all these ridiculous ‘Wars’ already (Women, Race, Mother, Class, blah, blah, blah), media? I know its a word you guys all like to use, because it catches peoples attention, but come on…
It’s getting tired.
Come Monday, these will be the headlines from the usual suspects: MSNBC, CNN, Fox News.
If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger. ~Frank Lloyd Wright
Technology… the knack of so arranging the world that we don’t have to experience it. ~Max Frisch