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photographer builds adorable tiny log cabins in his backyard to keep mouse families safe from cats
When the cat is away, the mice will play inside of their tiny little log cabin village courtesy of a crafty wildlife photographer. ... read more

 another reason not to shop at walmart (life / money / shopping)

If you buy underwear at Walmart, they will be able to track wherever you go. If their sales are not hurt by this announcement, they will institute it in more products, probably eventually all products. According to CNBC, these tags are not removable, although the ... read more

 tuesday (family / adoption / holmes)

Time flies when you lose nine hours. We fly to Astrakhan this afternoon. This morning, we'll be having the free breakfast that the hotel offers. Then we'll exchange our dollars for rubles (before the dollar devalues even more). I could've done that yesterday, but ... read more

 my novels (culture / writing / books)

While working on my latest novel (an extremely fictionalized and futurized follow-up to this), I thought I would mention my other novels, below. Please leave an honest review -- good, bad or indifferent -- on Amazon if/when you buy it. Thanks! Operation Detour, ... read more

 wildlife bridges (life / health / environment)

I love this! See wildlife bridges Bridges for bears and tunnels for tortoises have significantly reduced the number of wildlife-car collisions worldwide. ... read more

 action films on netflix (culture / movies-tv / blog)

Almost half of all action films on Netflix have a variation of this description: He thought he was retired, but has to do one last job! ... read more

 stupid online chat with sprint support (education / technology / phones)

12:32:39 PM : Bill: Initial Question/Comment: Your online form won't let me change my contact info. It keeps saying Oops, something's broken or whatever, never telling me what I've done wrong. I filled out all the required fields. 12:34:14 PM : Vicki: Hi Bill ... read more

 showtime! (family / adoption / holmes)

We leave in an hour for Court. I just got back from breakfast. Tara did not join me because she can't eat, she's so nervous. Gotta go get dressed. Wish us luck! ... read more

 doing the dishes (culture / writing / blog)

So, my wife tells me most people do the dishes every day. I don't believe her. Every day? I ask.Yes, every day, she says.Every single day? I persist. She nods. You don't mean, I search for clarification, it's something that is an 'every day' thing, but in ... read more

 this year's vegetable garden (life / health / food)

My checklist for this year's vegetable garden: Soil tilled? Check! Top soil added? Check! Plants bought? Check! Seeds for plants not available for purchase? Check! Plants planted? Check! Now the watering ... and waiting begins! Oh, you're wondering ... read more

 diary, 2009/10/15 (culture / writing / blog)

Two weeks shy of my birthday and I'm still looking for a job. I don't know why. I never really fit in at these corporate soul-sucking places. Oh that's right, I need to pay the mortgage, daycare, grocery bill, utilities, car payment and its insurance. And don't fo ... read more

 drop the diet drinks (life / health / food)

from Diet drinks TRIPLE risk stroke dementia Diet drinks TRIPLE your risk of stroke and dementia, and are FAR more dangerous than drinks sweetened with sugar. Boston University researchers found aspartame, a low-calorie sweetener, wreaks havoc on the arteries, ... read more

 the rainbow ends in sacramento (culture / sports / )

The rainbow really does end in Sacramento! My nephew Milan has captured proof. :) This was taken at their minor league team, Sacramento Rivercats, stadium where Milan works. ... read more

 hiking with elizabeth (culture / writing / elizabeth)

Went hiking with my daughter, Elizabeth, yesterday evening. There's a nice little park in Thompson's Station with fairly extensive walking trails on the south end of the park, near the water tower. We saw an owl, so, with her new birthday-gift SLR camera in hand ... read more
scientists found flute music that helps to build the brains of premature babies
An exciting new piece of research from Switzerland found that specially-orchestrated music helps to boost the brain function of prematurely born babies. ... read more

 the myth of the eight hour sleep (life / health / )

... many sleeping problems may have roots in the human body's natural preference for segmented sleep ... via BBC News - The myth of the eight-hour sleep. It's not just the number of references -- it is the way they refer to it, as if it was common knowledge, E ... read more