So we have a working stove now and it’s very exciting! We’ve spent the past two weeks living on toast, cup o’ noodles, and instant mashed potato packets, since the old stove shut off for being leaky and potentially dangerous. But we headed out to one of the used appliance stores in town and found a very nice gas stove that’s probably from the last decade (so at least thirty years newer than the one we had) and they deliver, install, and haul away the old one on the same day for a very low price. I can cook again! It’s inordinately exciting.
Solar energy that doesn’t block the view
A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface. And, according to Richard Lunt of MSU’s College of Engineering, the key word is “transparent.”
If you’ve ever heard my rants about vaccination, you know it’s a major topic with me. Because hey, I’m one of these immunosuppressed people this comic talks about, so it’s a bit of a sensitive subject. (“Oh, I’m sorry, you don’t like getting vaccinated? I don’t like having three month long respiratory infections because you gave me the freaking flu, but I guess you don’t care about that”)
Essentially, Ellen and her wonderful character Katherine have just said it better than I ever could—and using Shaun of the Dead references, too!!! It’s all about herd immunity—getting vaccinated isn’t just about your own health, it’s about the health—and non-zombification—of the entire human race.
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Important stuff, friends.
Sometimes you meet someone, and it’s so clear that the two of you, on some level belong together. As lovers, or as friends, or as family, or as something entirely different. You just work, whether you understand one another or you’re in love or you’re partners in crime. You meet these people throughout your life, out of nowhere, under the strangest circumstances, and they help you feel alive. I don’t know if that makes me believe in coincidence, or fate, or sheer blind luck, but it definitely makes me believe in something.
So I needed a way to alert the class that I was going to be showing graphic pictures of genitals on my presentation so I decided that putting this on the slide before would work
I want this on a shirt.
Please, I want this on underwear
Wow. This is all amazing. But the stealth amazing is that first line.
Oh hey, I forgot to post these - DEVOtional pics! We didn’t get too many as the camera is in a box somewhere and the Doc had to use his phone, but you get the idea.