« June 25, 2019 | Main | June 27, 2019 »

June 26, 2019

How the fastest animal on Earth attacks its prey

Last Wednesday's post about the African goshawk was headlined "Ultimate precision at top speed."

The bird featured was pictured maneuvering through the tight spaces of the jungle at up to 38 mph.

Pictured above in action is the hunter king: the peregrine falcon, which flies to great heights, uses its remarkable visual acuity capable of spotting prey at a distance of one mile, then dive bombs its unsuspecting target at speeds of up to 242 mph.

June 26, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Ghost Signs

Screen Shot 2019-06-25 at 7.40.17 AM

"This site is dedicated to 'ghost signs,'


the fading remnants of painted signs."


Above and below,

Screen Shot 2019-06-25 at 7.33.15 AM

exemplars from

Screen Shot 2019-06-25 at 7.33.01 AM

the 422 signs


currently up

Screen Shot 2019-06-25 at 7.40.58 AM

on Instagram.

June 26, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Requiescat in pace: Sic transit gloria mundi

Screen Shot 2019-06-25 at 7.21.16 AM

From the Guardian:

Requiescat in pace: Finland's Yle radio axes Latin news show after 30 years

Public broadcaster cancels weekly summary Nuntii Latini as original presenters retire

Finland's public broadcaster Yle has ended its weekly Latin language news bulletin, after three decades on the air, the broadcaster announced.

Since its debut in 1989, Nuntii Latini Nuntii has offered a five-minute summary of the week's national and foreign news in the classical language.

In later years the show was also made available online, garnering it around 40,000 listeners around the world, including some from the Vatican.

The last bulletin was broadcast on June 14, and detailed the agreement between the US and Mexico on immigration, talks between the presidents of China and Russia and the end of the Latin programme, which "post ferias aestivas non continuabuntur” (will not resume after the summer holiday).

Screen Shot 2019-06-25 at 7.21.03 AM

"Some of my most memorable moments have been writing about the Estonia ferry disaster, the twin towers in New York, and the Indian Ocean tsunami," said Reijo Pitkäranta, one of three producers who made the show since its inception.

Kaj Farm, head of programmes for Yle Radio 1, said they had decided to cancel the show since the producers were unable to continue.

"The same people have been doing it week for week now for 30 years, and they are not that young anymore," he told AFP.

Farm said the show had originally started as somewhat of an "inside joke," and since it was hard to find suitable replacements for the ageing staff they decided it was time to pull the plug.

In addition to Finnish and Swedish, Yle produces news in English, Russian, Sami, Roma, simplified Finnish, Karelian, and sign language.

Finland has distinguished itself as a bastion of the language of ancient Rome in other ways and is the home to academic Jukka Ammondt, who translated Elvis Presley's repertoire into Latin.

In 2007, Ammondt told AFP that Pope John Paul II "thought it was a very good idea to promote Latin in this way."

June 26, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Reese's Dark: A variation too far


Yesterday, browsing Kroger's excellent candy section, I espied a bag of miniature Reese's Dark Chocolate Peanut Cups.

The flagship is candy perfection but I prefer dark to milk chocolate so I figured this new (to me) variation would be even better.

Not true: the sharper, less sweet notes of the dark chocolate don't work nearly as well as the sweet original.

Sometimes old ways are the best ways.

I've never been tempted to try any of the crazy varieties I see from time to time, like white chocolate or M&Ms mixed in with the peanut butter.

June 26, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Invisible Money Clip


Scott Amron Week continues here with yet another clever invention.


From the website:

• Turns REAL Dollar into Money Clip
• Holds cash tight with no bulge
• Looks and feels like nothing is there
• Makes for a gift they will never forget
• Stick on a $1, $5, $10, $20, or Euro 
$12 (bills not included).

But don't take my word for it: watch the video!

Still not convinced?

You're a tough audience.

But I digress.

Screen Shot 2019-06-24 at 9.04.06 PM

Buy 2 for only $19.95! (bills not included).

June 26, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

« June 25, 2019 | Main | June 27, 2019 »