Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of July 7, 2017. Last Saturday morning, we helped Buddy cross over to the Rainbow Bridge. In the last Ramblings I shared: “”Buddy” our almost deaf and blind 19 year old miniature dachshund has stopped eating. He has difficulty walking and spends almost all his time sleeping. He is not in any pain, (at least from what Susan and I can tell). We have seen this before with other dogs. It is almost like they have made a conscious decision that they have lived a good, full life … and … it is time to move on.” During the day, he would sit in my chair with me. At night, he slept on my pillow with me. All he wanted was to be close to me … and he was. It was obvious Friday night, that he was in pain. It is hard to express the grief/pain I have been feeling this past week … looking at an empty chair and the bag of treats I kept on my desk for him. I know we did the right thing … but it sure doesn’t lessen the pain. I like to believe, he is now playing with his brothers and sisters by the “Rainbow Bridge”, waiting for Susan and I.
In the medical news: (BBC NEWS) — The Worrying Effects of Working More and Sleeping Less. “The pressure to work more and sleep less is driving a global epidemic with worrying consequences, says neuroscientist Matt Walker … “Back in the 1940s people were sleeping on average just a little bit over eight hours a night, and now in the modern age we’re down to around 6.7, 6.8 hours a night,” says Matt Walker, professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley … For adults, the modern world is full of things which reduce sleep. Caffeine, which keeps us awake. Alcohol, which fragments our sleep and suppresses dreaming. And although we’ve improved the conditions for sleeping, with everything from better mattresses to smoke-free homes, our controlled environment may also have created problems, Walker says. “One, which people may find surprising, is central heating and central air conditioning. So, when the sun sets, temperature drops dramatically and when the sun rises it starts to pick back up. Our bodies expect that beautiful thermal lull. And what we have done is dislocate ourselves from the natural ebb and flow that tells us when it’s time to sleep and actually helps us get to sleep … And then there’s technology. No longer just artificial light, but all sorts of devices with LED screens, emitting a powerful form of blue light. “Now that blue light unfortunately will put the brakes on the release of a hormone called melatonin at night, and melatonin signals when you should sleep … “Every major disease that is killing us in the developed world: Alzheimer’s, cancer, obesity, diabetes, anxiety, depression, suicidality. All of them have direct now and very strong causal links to deficient sleep.”” For me … a shot of vodka when I hit the sack works better than an Ambien!”
In the piracy news: (BBC NEWS) — Stream-ripping is ‘fastest growing’ music piracy. “Stream-ripping is now the fastest-growing form of music piracy in the UK, new research has suggested. Several sites and apps allow users to turn Spotify songs, YouTube videos and other streaming content into permanent files to store on phones and computers. Record labels claim that “tens, or even hundreds of millions of tracks are illegally copied and distributed by stream-ripping services each month”. One service alone is thought to have more than 60 million monthly users. According to research by the Intellectual Property Office and PRS For Music, 15% of adults in the UK regularly use these services, with 33% of them coming from the 16-24 age bracket. Overall usage of stream-ripping sites increased by 141.3% between 2014 and 2016, overshadowing all other illegal music services. In September last year, these sites were used 498,681 times to pirate music in the UK. By comparison, file-sharing service BitTorrent was used 23,567 times; and Cyberlocker sites like Dropbox and Rapidshare were accessed 104,898 times.” For a fee, (usually small), you can “live stream” music to your electronic device for a limited period of time. The theft aspect is recording the live stream which allows you to listen to the content any time and for as long as you want. In essence you are stealing the content. Put another way, You rent a $500.00 chain saw for a day … then keep on using it after you didn’t return it. The difference is perception. Many people would not view stream ripping as theft, any more than getting on a “torrent” sharing site like “Pirate Bay”, and downloading movies.
And in the “boy I would love to see this” news: (CNN) — Newgrange: Ireland’s amazing feat of Stone Age engineering . “It’s a real sharing experience, to be in the dark waiting for the light,” says Clare Tuffy, manager of Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre in Ireland’s Boyne Valley. Last year, nearly 33,000 people applied by lottery for entry to the Newgrange passage tomb on the mornings surrounding the winter solstice. Only 60 were chosen. On the days between December 19 and 23, in a spectacular feat of Stone Age engineering, a dawn sunbeam strikes through the “roofbox” opening above the tomb’s entrance, then creeps along the 19-meter passageway, to where a hushed group of visitors stand waiting in the blackness of the innermost chamber. For around 17 minutes — weather permitting — the chamber is flooded with light. “There are very few experiences you can share across five millennia, with your ancestors,” Tuffy tells CNN Travel. “5,000 years ago, people were waiting in the exact same spot, for the same event.” It is mind-boggling to realize that the level of engineering knowledge and cosmic awareness was present in a culture, 2,000 years before the pyramids were built! There is an interesting documentary about Newgrange … well worth the look!!
Sitting here editing these Ramblings. Had a follow up eye exam with my retina specialist at the VA today. The macular degeneration in my right eye was slowed, (remained the same), by the shot I got a little over a month ago. Next appointment in October. Had hand x-rays taken for a to be scheduled orthopedic consult for dupuytrens contracture and carpal tunnel syndrome. Thinking about what to cook for “Sunday Lunch and a Movie”. Leaning toward Cheese Burgers, French Fries an a Garden Salad. The movie? “Despicable Me 3 ”.
Time to post these Ramblings. Later … I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) I remain nicotine free. Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is certainly not my intent. As always …
A Warm Brotherly Hug
KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri … now retired and living in Pascagoula, Mississippi … and the Editorial Staff)