Your Loooong Weekend Page!


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  1. Darth says:

    Killer Whales Learn to Communicate Like Dolphins http://newswise.com/articles/killer-whales-learn-to-communicate-like-dolphins
    Killer whales living with bottlenose dolphins demonstrate cross-species vocal learning. From barks to gobbles, the sounds that most animals use to communicate are innate, not learned. However, a few species, including humans, can imitate new sounds and use them in appropriate social contexts. This ability, known as vocal learning, is one of the underpinnings of language.

    Yet another reason why Sea world should be wiped from the face of the Earth.

  2. Hobette says:

    Oh, also too my daughter gave me a nice vacuum that just needs a belt. She says it sux very well. 😀

    • Lizard says:

      Oh. You can fix that easily. Just buy a belt, they are cheap. Usually you just have to remove a few screws around the suction head to expose the old belt area.

      • Hobette says:

        I got the belt today. I’ll try putting it on tomorrow. Sometimes I can’t do simple things like this with my broken hands, but I always try before I cry! 😉

    • Lizard says:

      You can google parts for your vacuum model. Amazon may then have the matching part.

  3. Hobette says:

    Ugh. 100% chance of rain at least through tomorrow night. Nutso’s going to have to practice her power-potty skills!

  4. Darth says:

    Lasers Could Detect Drunk Drivers On The Road http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/Lasers-Could-Detect-Drunk-Drivers-On-The-Road-180951903/?no-ist
    Polish researchers say they have developed a method to check blood alcohol levels through car windows

    “a new laser detector developed by a team of researchers at the Military University of Technology in Poland might one day remove that guesswork. The device can sniff out high blood-alcohol levels from 20 meters (about 65.5 feet) away by measuring the reflection of a laser beam through a car window.

    How it works: A laser emitter and receiver sit on one side of the road, while a mirror sits on the other. As a car passes, the emitter sends a laser beam through the vehicle’s window and bounces it off the mirror. The beam is sent at a wavelength that can be absorbed by any alcohol vapor—so, any power loss equates to the presence of booze in the car.

  5. Ingrid says:

    Good evening to you all. Hope everything is alright on your side of the pond 😀
    You probably never heard of Nana Mouskouri, aka the Greek Edith Piaf, but she is a pan-European superstar, and she turned 80 years old yesterday. Nana is not only a very famous singer, but she was also a Member of the European Parliament through the Greek New Democracy party from 1994 until 1999, when she resigned from her position as an MEP. Several reasons have been given for this, one being her pacifism, and another being that she felt ill-equipped for the day-to-day work of a politician. BTW, her “trademark” have always been her dark glasses.
    Here’s an oldie; she was 27 then, singing her most famous German-language song “Weiße Rosen aus Athen” = White roses from Athens. Generations longed to travel to Greece listening to this song:

    • No, I never heard of her.

      There was a big story over here a few days ago that Germany will give a free college education to everyone, even people who aren’t Germans.

      • Ingrid says:

        Hai Haruko-san. That’s not new, Germany offers free education to its own citizens as well as to foreigners. Along with free education, students receive money to live on, though some of it has to be paid back later at very low interest. Don’t know if that is for foreigners, too,though.
        About Nana, she was also appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in October 1993. She took over from the previous ambassador, the recently deceased actress Audrey Hepburn. Mouskouri’s first U.N. mission took her to Bosnia to draw attention to the plight of children affected by Bosnian war. She went on to give a series of fund-raising concerts in Sweden and Belgium. A very interesting woman. She’d also big in Japan, to my knowledge.
        Here’s Nana with Julio Iglesias:

        • Lizard says:

          Hi, Ingrid. It would be a challenge to become educated in Germany if one did not speak German! What a great country, though.

          • Ingrid says:

            Hi Lizard. Sure learning German is a challenge, but then students are supposed to be smart 😀 Aside from that, there is quite a bit taught in English at universities, too, especially in the natural sciences. So many students from all over the world manage that it must be possible.
            Thanks for the compliment. The Germany of today is a 😎 country. With my retirement I could live anywhere, and cheaper, but it hasn’t even crossed my mind – contrary to you, future Viennese 😉

          • Ingrid says:

            I found this:
            “Germany has been named as the most supportive country for overseas students, in an international league table.

            Among the attractions for international students is the increasing availability in Germany of courses taught entirely in English, so much so that students can complete degrees without ever having to speak German.

            In the international zones of these classes, students from Germany, the United States and China participate in seminars conducted by German professors speaking in English.”
            Source:
            http://www.bbc.com/news/business-12610268

            • Lizard says:

              Wow! Well then, the Germans could practice their English language skills at the same time. I worked with engineers from Germany and they all spoke English very fluently.

              • Ingrid says:

                Germans as well other Europeans love to practice their English (it’s the lingua franca of the world, after all). The ones who speak it best are the citizens of small countries such as The Netherlands and the Scandinavian countries, who watch English-language series and movies in the original, with subtitles. While in German/German Swiss/Austrian movie theaters and on TV, everything is dubbed into German. It’s worth it for such a huge audience, while dubbing everything into Dutch, for example, wouldn’t make sense financially. Therefore, the Dutch, the Swedish, the Norwegians, Danes and Finnish all speak (and understand!) much better English than the average German.
                When you leave school here in order to go to university, really good English is a prerequisite, including Shakespeake, Faulkner, Dickens and Twain. Failing in English is as serious as failing in German.

        • I love Spanish in music!

  6. Wow, Ingrid…I did not know that Germany offers free tuition at public universities for foreign students as well as German nationals. Greater Fluffette is studying German this year at community college. I just asked her how it’s going. 😆 With her sister working as a flight attendant, this could be an economical solution. She has no affinity for beer, however she could probably acquire a taste for it!

    • Lizard says:

      FluffyButter!

    • Ingrid says:

      Hi Fluffer. If Greater Fluffette meets the requirements (I’m sure it’s googleable), then that might be a good idea. From what I read, the U.S. system ruins a lot of students for life because of student loans. Educated people is the best a country can have in today’s world, and that is only possible with money for education. Not that everything is perfect here, far from it. Not enough money is being siphoned into schools and universities, especially children from poor and migrant backgrounds often don’t get the chance to make it far enough to go to university. The universities are overcrowded, which is a direct result of education being free. But apart from that, living and studying abroad widens one’s perspective very much. Living in another culture, and another language, makes you a smarter person 😉
      About the beer affinity: Not every German does have an affinity for it. Some don’t drink alcohol at all, but many who do prefer wine, which is great here, especially the Riesling. I live in a wine area (lots of vineyards in this area, quite a few very famous ones), so drinking beer is not something anybody must “learn” 😀

      • I’m just curious. If higher education is free, why do children from poor and migrant backgrounds not make it to university? Because they have to work to help support the family? Pardon me, but living in the land of “screw the people out of their last dime” leaves me unfamiliar with a culture that actually believes in the betterment of their citizenry through affordable education, and how that works exactly.

        • Ingrid says:

          No problem, Fluffer, you’re more than welcome to ask if anything is unclear. No, the children of migrant families DO NOT work. Child labor is practically unknown here. The problem is more that the children don’t speak German when they start school, their parents can’t help them with their homework (we still mostly have half-day schools, with lots of homework for the afternoon), often the parents come from the country, and do not really believe in education, since they didn’t have it themselves (my father was like that, that’s why I was not allowed to go to school long enough to be eligible for university; which I wanted so much). In case you’re interested in the subject:
          http://www.humanityinaction.org/knowledgebase/154-filling-the-gap-educational-integration-and-achievement-programs-for-migrant-youth-in-germany
          You see, our school system needs a LOT of improvement.

          • msolomon2 says:

            You see, our school system needs a LOT of improvement.

            Oh nowhere near as much as ours do! In Philadelphia it was recently reported schools literally don’t have the money to buy toilet paper! Our “governors” good works evident as he pushes his cronies “cyber” schools (which are rife with corruption, and recent studies show not to be succeeding in doing their job of actually successfully teaching – well I’m being UN-fair, their -true- job of making money they are succeeding at!)

  7. Pearls Before Swine is being beamed to Mars, for any Martians out there watching.

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