Humpback Tail Sailling

Back in March reported on this video. Tail Sailing is a behavior that’s very rare to see in humpbacks (southern wright whales have been seen doing is fairly commonly), and definitely worth checking out. The video itself was captured by a NOAA drop according to the National Marine Sanctuaries website.

Sgt. Reckless awarded the Dickin Medal

Sgt. Reckless with her handler, Gunnery Sgt Latham
Sgt. Reckless with her handler, Gunnery Sgt Latham

The Dicken Medal, animal equivalent to the UK’s Victoria Cross (the highest decoration for valor), has been awarded to the horse Sgt. Reckless for her service in 1952 and 1953 during the Korean War. Reckless carried ammunition for the 5th Marine Anti-tank division. During her service she carried countless wounded to help, untold amounts of ammunition to the guns, and was wounded twice.

Congratulations Reckless! You deserved this recognition while you were alive, but at least the bureaucracy caught up with things and honored you as they should have.

The Rare Fire Rainbow

I originally planned to do something that involved more writing on my part. The day just got away from me. So instead I present you a picture of a phenomenon called a “Fire Rainbow”.

I think it’s Rather lovely, don’t you?

I direct you to Discovery News for an article that includes the science.

Without clarity. So beautiful

A photo posted by Carole Rich Williams (@icrw70) on

Totilas Retires


If you’ve read this blog for awhile you’ll know I have a thing for horses. And that I love Dressage. Hence you will understand where this particular post is coming from.

The lovely and talented Totilas has been retired due to an injury.  It means that we will not get to see Totilas and Valegro face off at least somewhat properly for the first time. I still wish we had gotten to see the two greatest Dressage pairs (Valegro and Dujardin; Totilas and Gal) ride, but Alexander-Rath is finally hitting a point where he and Totilas had made the much needed connection to truly be a team, unlike the last time they faced Valegro and Dujardin.

Milk Alternatives & You…

I’m one of the 65% of people who happens to be lactose intolerant, and found this video interesting.


Aside from that…

Today I had a pretty crazy day. The dog’s had the poos for a few days now, and Late last night he ended up vomitting. Long story short, after a lot of cleaning up, some scary blood, and a trip to the vet I’ve discovered that he’s got Colitis (and a bit of an ear infection, actually…). So we’re doing the special diet and serving him up some serious antibiotics. Teddy should be better soon. I’ll keep updating.

Facebook Gender Options!

That’s right, Facebook made some changes. See the Discovery News report on it!

It’s great to see better options, and acceptance showing up on Facebook. There’s more to gender than “Male” and “Female”. At least here in America people have the right to be who they are. We believe in freedom. This is part of it.

Feline Serial Killer on the Loose in India

Tiger continues to terrify locals in Indian state as 9 victims fall prey

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A man-eating tiger on the prowl in northern India has claimed its ninth victim, defying hunters and wildlife officials who have been trying to gun down the animal, an official said Friday.

Since December 29, the same big cat is believed to have been on a killing spree in a densely forested area near Jim Corbett National Park in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

Salil Shukla, an official in the district of Bijnor, told AFP that the partly eaten body of a young farmer had been found on Friday.


Twilight Memory (Or: The Brain Reacts to Shit)

Scrutiny is going to come to pot consumption. Use-over-time does, according to initial studies, effect intelligence. It’s early studies, but the memory impairment seems set-in-stone. It does actually demonstrate that the brain is dramatically changed by usage. Currently, scientists don’t have a great deal of research yet, and I really feel that that’s an important step in the legalization process.

The short version is that high usage is not good for you. As in all things, Moderation is key.