On Being Helpful

I was whining to the old man this morning about not having any strength in my hands.

He offered to let me rub his back more to build up the muscles in my fingers. Wasn’t that nice of him? 🙂

Wide Load

That’s what I should have named this picture of our lovely cat under the freshly installed Christmas tree. Scuff is 13.5 pounds of Fat Kitty Bliss and Attitude. Her nickname is The Bowling Ball when she decides to sleep on (yes, on, not near) us at 3 a.m.

Another Present Under the Tree

Now that’s REALLY posting the cat.

BuzzWord

B U Z Z W O R D O F T H E D A Y

FEMA approach: When a problem arises,
meetings are held and action plans
drawn up, but no one does anything.
Nominated by Steven Phillips

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Quote o’ the Day

For years, George Burns ate lunch every day at the same table in the same L.A. country club. Only comedians were allowed to sit there: Jack Benny, the Marx Brothers, Danny Kaye, and others. Burns insisted that George Jessel was the funniest guy at the table. One morning at 9 A.M., Burns found Jessel already on his third brandy. Alarmed, Burns asked him what was wrong. “Didn’t you hear?” Jessel asked. “Norma Talmadge died.” When Burns reminded him that Talmadge, who was Jessel’s former wife, had died 35 years before, he replied, “I still miss her.”

Christmas Cards

I saw some other people do this, Dear Readers, and after thinking it was pathetic for awhile, I completely changed my mind and decided it was a nice thing to do, so .. .
If you’d like to exchange Christmas/Holiday cards, send me an email with your mailing address to admin at this domain (compu-diva.com) and we’ll do it!

Meanwhile, I still have to figure out how to do close ups with my damned camera, I have ornaments you should see. Really.

Unconscious Mutterings

luna nina

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Week 149
2 hours, 10 minutes ago

I say … and you think … ?

You try it before you read mine:

1. Stalker::
2. Outrageous::
3. Carrying::
4. Spirited::
5. Oh!::
6. Grid::
7. Country::
8. Karen::
9. Candles::
10. Relationship::

I say … and you think … ?

1. Stalker:: crazy
2. Outrageous:: ridiculous
3. Carrying:: pregnant
4. Spirited:: horses
5. Oh!:: O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A
6. Grid:: lock
7. Country:: mouse
8. Karen:: Carpenter
9. Candles:: warmth
10. Relationship:: building

God I’m weird.

Doggy DNA

KnowledgeNews
December 9, 2005

Meet your doggy’s daddy:
http://www.knowledgenews.net/picturethis/coldwolfhowling.jpg

On Wednesday, researchers published the full genetic code
of a female boxer named Tasha, making “Canis lupus
familiaris” all the more familiar. Tasha’s DNA isn’t the
first canine code to be sequenced. In 2003, scientists
pondered a poodle named Shadow. But they sequenced only
three fourths of his genes. This time, they’ve decoded 99
percent of doggy DNA.

Among their findings: dogs appear to share a core set of
genes–around 5 percent of their DNA–with mice and humans.
Scientists already knew that we share those genes with
mice. The fact that dogs have them, too, suggests they’re
basic instructions for building a mammal.

Of course, when it comes to dogs, the question most people
ask is, “how does mine manage to read my mind?” It’s a
question made more intriguing by the fact that our pampered
pooches all descended from big bad wolves.

Today’s Knowledge:
How the “Big Bad Wolf” Became “Man’s Best Friend”

Scientists used to think that the wide variety of
domesticated dogs–more than 400 recognized breeds–were
variously descended from wolves, jackals, and coyotes. But
most experts now believe that virtually all of them, from
the smallest chihuahua to the most massive mastiff, are the
progeny of Eurasian grey wolves.

In fact, mitochondrial DNA evidence suggests that our furry
friends are all descended from just a few female wolves
that lived between 40,000 and 15,000 years ago. But how did
humans ever get those wolves to come, sit, and stay?
There’s still plenty of dispute on that question, but the
story goes something like this.

Step 1: Be Tolerant

Wild dogs and humans likely learned to tolerate each other
long before domesticated dogs arrived on the scene.
Semi-wild dogs coexist with humans in many underdeveloped
areas even today, scavenging for scraps of food and
sometimes hunting vermin while the humans around them go
about life.

Such semi-wild dogs are only a short step from being tamed,
and–as an ongoing Russian study shows–tame dogs can
quickly turn into pets. Since 1959, Russian scientists have
selectively bred a group of Siberian foxes for one trait:
tameness toward humans. Their foxes now seek out human
attention, lick their handlers, and wag their tails like
lap dogs. (No word on when the foxes will fetch the
Russians’ slippers.)

Step 2: Keep an Open Mind

Sometime after dogs got used to being around humans, they
figured out how to read our gestures and expressions–and
it wasn’t just that we taught each new brood of pooches to
do it. Even nine-week-old puppies are better than adult
chimpanzees at reading social cues from humans, strongly
suggesting that dogs’ people-reading skills are innate.

Our minds are open books to our domesticated canine
companions–but only to them. Despite their genetic
similarity to dogs, wolves and other wild dogs are
oblivious to these social cues.

Step 3: Adapt to Changing Needs

Once dogs had learned to tolerate us and read our minds, it
was only a matter of time before we put their powerful
ears, noses, and teeth to work. Though much of the timeline
of dog domestication is still in dispute, it’s clear that
dogs had become an important part of human life by the end
of the Stone Age, if not long before.

Stone Age depictions of dogs hunting with humans have been
discovered in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Since
then, humans have bred dogs to suit all sorts of
needs–from herding livestock to making us feel loved and
appreciated. And yet, all domesticated dogs still share 99
percent of their DNA. So, believe it or not, only slight
genetic differences separate great danes from toy poodles.
The genes that separate cat lovers from dog lovers remain
unknown.

Steve Sampson
Updated December 9, 2005

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Joke :)

A guy is in line at the supermarket when he notices that a rather hot blonde behind him has just raised her hand and smiled hello to him.

He is rather taken aback that such a looker would be waving to him and, although familiar, he can’t place where he might know her from, so he says, “Sorry, do you know me?”

She replies, “I maybe mistaken, but I thought you might be the father of one of my children.”

His mind shoots back to the one and only time he has been unfaithful.
“Holy crap,” he says, “are you that stripper from my bachelor party that I screwed on the pool table in front of all my friends while your girlfriend whipped me with some wet celery and stuck a cucumber up my ass ?”

“No,” she replies, “I’m your son’s English teacher.