Most of us are used to our gardens being pretty dormant during this time of year, especially if you live in an area with heavy snowfall or unpredictable weather. I live in the Midwest, where it was a balmy 65 degrees one day last week and freezing with snow the next, so we know that there's always a risk of another frost popping up after we get our shoots going in the spring. How many of you have lost carefully tended baby plants after a late frost sprung itself on you? I know I have.
Animated TED Talks (and other animated lessons, really) are some of my favorite ways to learn things, and this Brief History of Video Games (part 1) is very interesting if you're a gamer or have ever enjoyed playing games from any period in time. Not only does Medium Invader (from Space Invaders) narrate the tale, but the video also discusses the various uses of video games throughout history.
I don't know about you, but if I had a severed foot wash up next to me while I was enjoying the ocean I might never come back. I'd probably get Tales From the Crypt flashbacks ("How long can you hold your breath?") and wonder at my own sanity.
The problem with so many keto-worthy recipes is that they usually end up being way too eggy, since so many require an egg substitute for pancakes, crust, bread and so forth. (Insider tip? Just use two slices of cheddar for your sandwich crust. It's just as good once you're used to it!) this galette recipe, which features mushroom and ricotta prominently, does have eggs but it's such a yummy adaptation that you might not even realize it's not a real savory pancake!
While I'll never shame anyone who has ever had to hunt meat to survivie and wear that meat's fur, I'll never understand the sale of fur as a luxury item. Why would you want to wear a living being's skin on your own skin, and why on earth would you ever think that it's something to celebrate? Activists who rescue animals from fur farms believe the same thing, and recently some activists freed 170 white foxes from a Chinese fur farm to prevent their deaths.
I have blogged before about the Saudi Arabian quest for nuclear power. Major suppliers of nuclear technology are competing to supply Saudi Arabia with nuclear power reactors. However, there are concerns that Saudi Arabia might turn nuclear technology towards the development of nuclear weapons. This is a major impediment to the export of U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia.
Never underestimate the kindness of an artist. Some poets like to do random acts of kindness featuring their art, like this 32-year-old poet who sends random poems to people in the mail. Who doesn't love to get snail mail?
Ambient office = 106 nanosieverts per hour
Ambient outside = 128 nanosieverts per hour
Soil exposed to rain water = 130 nanosieverts per hour
There are a variety of problems involving nuclear power and water. One big issue is the fact that bodies of water are becoming too hot in some cases to be used to cool nearby nuclear reactors. Another problem is simply falling levels of water that are needed for cooling. Major hurricanes that might damage nuclear power plants are a third concern.
Ambient office = 86 nanosieverts per hour
Ambient outside = 150 nanosieverts per hour
Soil exposed to rain water = 151 nanosieverts per hour
Ambient office = 73 nanosieverts per hour
Ambient outside = 112 nanosieverts per hour
Soil exposed to rain water = 113 nanosieverts per hour
Ambient office = 101 nanosieverts per hour
Ambient outside = 128 nanosieverts per hour
Soil exposed to rain water = 128 nanosieverts per hour
If the news has you down, this collection of baby caracals will perk up your spirits. Thinking Humanity is great at collecting fun photos of different animals but these baby caracals may be just what you need to get through the day, especially if the idea of a national emergency over not healthcare or global warming or Flint's water but a border wall has you growling every five seconds.
Have you ever wished that you could join a book club that exists nation-wide for women celebrating both Black readers and writers? Well-Read Black Girl is one such club. Since 2015 the club has highlighted favorite authors like Toni Morrison and Alice Walker as well as many newer writers that you might not be as familiar with. Like in-person book clubs, there are monthly meetings where members can discuss each month's selection as well as Twitter chats, readings and even an annual festival!
Strictly speaking, dips aren't actually dessert material unless they're of the sweet variety, but for those who prefer savory bites, a dip can make a fantastic end-of-meal treat or a snack on its own with your favorite dippables, whether they be pita chips, crisps, pretzels or vegetables. I've always been a dip lover and have enjoyed dips my whole life, so I'll often take a good savory dip over a sweet one any day. Ranch and French onion are some of my all-time favorites, and both are so much better when made with fresh ingredients.