70 people from 70 countries demonstrate how a sneeze sounds in their homeland and how people respond in their home country’s first language

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Time-lapse of the sun shining through the Washington National Cathedral stained-glass light

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Bag of Randomness for Friday, February 23, 2018

  • I don’t have to cough often, usually just to clear my throat, but when I do, it hurts my surgically repaired back like all get out.
  • I thought I was making a lot of progress with my energy level but yesterday I was extremely tired and slept most of the day and had some very weird dreams. Basically, I couldn’t tell if I was dreaming or awake and started to panic when I couldn’t wake up and then a new dream would begin and I was left questioning again. The only way I could find out if I was dreaming was to ask either WifeGeeding or my friend, Jimi, questions they would only know the answer to. I woke up in a cold sweat.
  • It’s been a while since I’ve checked President Trump’s Twitter account, how many gold medals has he claimed responsibility for? If he hasn’t, he’s going to, and I’m going to take the over.
  • When I watch the Olympics games, sometimes a very beautiful from another country will catch my eye, and they seem to either be from Italy or Canada.
  • Last night an “Olympic Athlete of Russia” skater was clutching a Garfield stuffed animal as her results were announced. It made me smiled. And this arm chaired ice skating judge thought she should have won.
  • The possibility of arming teachers with firearms is in the news. I’m not going to take a side other than to life is different in the city than very rural areas. The CBS Evening News had an insightful segment about a high school science teacher in rural Colorado who already conceal carries. Offhand, when I hear the topic, I  think about the teacher always carrying an armed weapon. However, in this case, the school district won’t allow anything to be in the chamber and a loaded clip is kept elsewhere. Also, armed teachers in the district are required to pass a three-day firearms and trauma response course, which includes a simulated school shooting scenario. If you are interested in the segment, I’d recommend watching the video instead of the transcript because the transcript is truncated.
  • Pa. church plans blessing ceremony for AR-15s
  • That’s about 881 pounds – Nearly 400kg of cocaine was found inside the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires
  • How ‘This Is Us’ Unwittingly Reinvented The Humble Crock-Pot
  • Wired – Airlines won’t dare use the fastest way to board planes
    • This staggered setup may be efficient—it gives everyone space and time to get their bag in bin and settle in their seat—but it’s folly to expect passengers to board in an exact order, especially one that looks random and (temporarily) separates families.
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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, February 22, 2018

  • The Mineral Wells community lost one of the true good guys when County Judge Mickey West died a little less than a week ago.
    • He’ll be buried today and I wish my back was strong enough for me to attend his funeral. He was the stepfather of one of my closest friends, someone I serve with on a scholarship committee. If memory serves correct, Judge West was my very first coach, it was for the soccer team the Orange Crush which practiced at Cullen Grimes Elementary. Judge West was the epitome of the small town man who loved and served the community.
      • He was a Palo Pinto County reserve deputy, volunteer fireman, fourth responder, basketball referee, radio sports announcer for Mineral Wells High School and surrounding schools, stadium announcer for the Mineral Wells High School Rams, Mineral Wells High School Booster Club president, helped to create the “Teen Club” for area youth, city councilman, banker, Palo Pinto County auditor, Palo Pinto County judge and served two terms as the President of the Texas Association of Counties.
        • When I think of high school sporting events, it’s his voice I hear in the background.
    • I remember the first time he ran for office. I was home from my freshman year of college for Christmas break and his stepson invited us to watch the 1995 NCAA football championship game (Nebraska killed Florida in the Fiesta Bowl). There were only three, maybe four of us college kids over, but Mr. West asked for our vote and provided us with the paperwork so we could mail in our ballot. It impressed me how hard he was working to get every vote he could. I think that was only the second time I ever voted.
    • When I think of that Nebraska team, a sense of melancholy sets in because the first thing I think of is backup quarterback and devout Christian Brook Berringer. I was certain he was going to be a great NFL quarterback, but he never got his chance because he died in a private plane crash just two days before the draft.
      • There’s a statue of Berringer outside the Nebraska football stadium, but I think it’s odd it’s in front of a William Jennings Bryan quote, “Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice.” His destiny was death by plane crash, he didn’t have a choice in the matter. Same thing with Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper, especially Valens who won that plane seat by chance – a coin toss.
  • Billy Graham
    • To somewhat age myself, I loved it when Billy Graham was on ‘Larry King Live’. Larry would often ask questions I wondered about, all the “gray” areas of Christianity. At least to me they were gray areas. I always admired Billy answering with a simple “I don’t know.” So many Christians feel pressured to provide some sort of answer for fear of sounding unsure of his or her faith. Yet, here was the epitome of a man of Christian faith no one could question saying he didn’t know the answer.
    • I always thought his connection to Dallas was interesting. The very first public event held at Texas Stadium was a Billy Graham Crusade. From 1953 to 2009 he maintained membership with First Baptist Church Dallas.
    • I keep hearing he was the counselor to every president since Truman, but I don’t think that’s true. Graham’s autobiography, which I own and have read, begins with his meeting with then acting President Truman. Truman wasn’t really a fan and he felt Graham abused the privilege of meeting with the President, quoting him without authorization, and made a spectacle of kneeling and praying on the White House lawn. Truman never asked him back and Graham was embarrassed and humbled. He later had the opportunity to apologize years later. Read about it here. All that to say, I don’t think he actually spiritually counseled Truman and he doesn’t mention doing so like he wrote about doing so with other presidents.
    • I enjoyed Graham’s autobiography, especially as a fan of presidential history. It was neat reading how he first met each president. For instance, I believe he met Clinton at a hospital when he was Governor of Arkansas, they were both visiting a mutual friend.
    • His wife, Ruth, died in June of 2007. I believe there’s a stat about the surviving spouse of a senior only being two years. I was quite surprised he lived a little over ten years after she died. Back in 2007, I posted an article about Ruth’s casket. Their son, Franklin, purchased it along with Billy’s from Louisiana State Penitentiary. They cost $200 a piece, made of plywood, and were made by inmates who converted to Christianity.
    • In 2006, I posted an article about how Billy wasn’t exactly comfortable with the idea of Franklin’s vision of museum/library and final resting place. It seemed Franklin and his brother Ned had very different ideas. Even former Disney consultants helped with the design. Ruth was adamant about not wanting to be buried there.
      • “It’s a circus,” Ruth says at one point, softly. “A tourist attraction.”
      • “Bill has recently talked to me about being buried at the Billy Graham Library/Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina. However, I want to make it very clear that I am standing by our original agreement. My final wish is to be buried at the Cove. Under no circumstances am I to be buried in Charlotte, North Carolina.”
      • The library was, by all accounts, not something his father initially wanted. In fact, Billy Graham abstained when the board first voted on the idea. Though Billy has hobnobbed with the rich and mighty for more than a half-century, observers have often commented on his humility. Unlike Franklin, who collects handmade cowboy boots and leather jackets, Billy wears old suits that, as Johnny Cash once said, look like they came from a JCPenney store.
        According to Graeme Keith, the board tossed around several ideas for the library, including something like the stucco-and-tile Reagan Presidential Library in California. Finally, Franklin suggested a house resembling the one Billy grew up in, plus a barn, to be called the library. Convinced by Franklin and others that this new building would perpetuate the Gospel after he died, Billy gave it his blessing.
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Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, January 21, 2018

  • Thanks for your patience, let’s see if this thing is anything like riding a bicycle.
  • I appreciate y’all being kind to WifeGeeding, but then again, y’all are pretty cool folks to begin with.
  • I’d like to recognize how well WifeGeeding has taken care of me. I’ve had my doubts about her ability to care for me.  I’ve joked with her about her track record for previous injuries and illnesses I’ve had in the past while married to her, but she was exceptional this time around. She anticipated needs before I asked for them. For instance, when trying to get into bed and lay down she would grab my feet and lift them into bed before I’d come close to asking. That was something I simply couldn’t do. She would also towel off the lower section of my legs after a shower and put on my socks and underwear. It was all humbling and she never made me feel awkward about it.
  • How am I progressing? I can now transition from sitting to standing without any assistance, but I still use a cane for anything beyond a short distance. I still have back pain, but it’s a different kind of pain. It hurts to sit up for more than 20 minutes at a time so I lay on my side a lot and I still not supposed to bend, twist, or lift anything more than ten pounds. It hurts like heck trying to turn from one side to another in bed. My energy level is consistently low and I nap most of the time.
  • An hour before my surgery, an internist greeted me and went over my lab results and spotted some abnormalities with my kidneys. She asked if anyone in my family had Lupus, which was a contributing factor in my mother’s death. She said it’s not common for males to have it but I should get tested, which I did last week and I’m waiting or the results. It also meant I have to change my blood pressure medication. I almost feel like I’m in an episode of ‘House’. If that’s the case, WifeGeeding is more 13 than a Cuddy.
  • Hot sports opinion: All Summer Olympics sports/events, like basketball and gymnastics, should be moved to the Winter Olympics. Swimming should remain in the Summer Olympics but moved outside.
  • You never hear about Westboro Baptist Church anymore, and that’s a good thing.
  • The Atlantic – Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read … and the movies and TV shows we watch
  • How Creedence Clearwater Revival Became the Soundtrack to Every Vietnam Movie
  • The Internet Isn’t ForeverWhen an online news outlet goes out of business, its archives can disappear as well. The new battle over journalism’s digital legacy.
  • This Graph Showing The Total Number Of Words Spoken By Each Character On ‘The Office’ Has A Few Surprises
  • Watch a Human Try to Fight Off That Door-Opening Robot Dog
  • Berkshire Hathaway is the third largest public company in the world and has the most expensive share price in history, but its website looks like a caveman built it.
  • Random old TV memories – the distinctive sound it would make when you turned it on as it warmed up and the static electricity on the screen when you turned it off.
  • This was the last thing I read before falling asleep last night and it upset me, but also reminded me of my quest to separate myself as a fan of any team since fandom clouds judgment and makes false idols. But what else upsets me is that our local media failed to report or investigate any of this. I haven’t done the research, but I have a feeling every recent sports scandal we’ve read about doesn’t start with the local media in Waco, Happy Valley, Louisville, or East Lansing. Well, maybe with the exception of SMU because Dale Hansen actually has a pair.
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Ask Us Anything Responses

WifeGeeding and I answered these questions separately and individually. In other words, we had no idea how the other answered.

1. Seymore asks:
Is your live Traffic Speed paid for? I had a site for a while and I am not sure the Live Traffic hits were real (the bought ones).vAnd you need more East Texas information from parents/in-laws.
Thanks,

Alba, Texas reader Seymore.

Keither: Hello, Seymore from Alba! Nope, it’s a free service I found it about ten years ago from a company called Feedjit and just thought it was neat. I actually forgot I had it and a bit surprised anyone has noticed it. As for East Texas news, I don’t make my way there as much as the wife and kids, but WifeGeeding has expressed interest in doing her version of a Bag of Randomness more often so who knows.

WifeGeeding: I have no idea what live Traffic Speed is! I’m only a guest writer.
I’m happy to answer any East Texas questions you have.

2. Nathan asks:
If you had to guess today, what career paths do you think BoyGeeding and GirlGeeding will be called to when they grow up?

Keither: Well, that’s a nice, thoughtful, deep question I wasn’t expecting. I feel like my career doesn’t utilize my strengths and talents, and it’s my prayer that doesn’t happen to them. DaughterGeeding will be some sort of entrepreneur of sorts or wind up in some sort of public service if she isn’t managing some sort of U2 museum or working for (RED) or the ONE Campaign. I can picture BoyGeeding in some sort of behind the scenes leadership position, one where he’s not in the spotlight but responsible for a lot of stuff yet subservient and mindful of who he’s representing or working for. In my mind, he’d be like White House Cheif of staff A.J. MacInerney in The American President or like the Micheal J. Fox Deputy Mayor character in ‘Spin City’. He wouldn’t be Bono, but more Edge like.

WifeGeeding: GirlGeeding: inventor
BoyGeeding: game creator

3. Ben W. asks:
Okay, here we go:
1) Favorite guilty pleasure TV show;
2) Best book you’ve read in the last year;
3) If you could be any Star Wars or Marvel character, who would it be and why;
4) Favorite Disney attraction (ride/show) for each Geeding family member.

Keither: Since my surgery, I’ve been watching ‘The Golden Girls’ a lot more than I’d like to admit. I blogged how pleased I was with that presidential history book but we’ve been reading some Beverly Cleary books with the kids and I’m reminded of my love for The Mouse and the Motorcycle. I’d like to be Wolverine since he doesn’t age and it would be cool to live through all that history. At first, I thought I’d like to be Tony Stark or Captain America, but they seem to have a lot of responsibility, unlike Wolverine who could just lay low and do what he wants. As for Star Wars, I’d be R2. DaughterGeeding loves Space Mountain, BoyGeeding is a sucker for the Peter Pan and Toy Story shooter ride, and I think WifeGeeding is a sucker for Cinderella’s castle. I like the monorail because I sing the Simpon’s monorail song every time I step into one, it’s air-conditioned, I can sit down and see the whole park(s), and people watching is always fun.

WifeGeeding: 1. America’s Favorite Videos and Wheel of Fortune. Keith hates watching Wheel of Fortune with me because I always guess the puzzle before he does.
2. A Man Called Ove (just finished this book yesterday)
3. Ant Man. It would be fun to shrink.
4. That is a hard one. I’m basing this off of the last time we were there which was 2 years ago. For me it would have to be Peter Pan. Micah liked Space Mountain. Walter liked Toy Story. You didn’t ask, but this was a good memory of one of the attractions at Animal Kingdom.–We watched a 3D show about A Bug’s Life. I cannot see 3D because of my vision. Micah was enjoying “grabbing” the butterflies and such until her chair started to shake and the big scary bugs came out. She started screaming, “I want to exit! I want to exit!”

4. barry asks:
Not asking for names, but do you each have a favorite child?

Keither: Definitely. RIP DogGeeding. 

WifeGeeding: I love both of my children for different reasons. No favorite.

5. Chris asks:
What’s in eggs?

Keither: One thing that’s in eggs is the chalazae, which is that odd looking white stringy thing. The more prominent the chalazae, the fresher the egg. “The chalazae (plural) are rope-like structures made of protein that act as a support system for the yolk. It keeps the yolk suspended in the center of the egg and safe from pressing against the shell or settling on one side of the egg.”

WifeGeeding: Protein

6. Bizarro Big Tex asks:
Okay, a tough mom/dad question. At what age are you going to allow KidsGeeding to have their very own cell phone? Will you monitor it usage? Will you pick the apps permitted on it? This discussion has been ongoing in various layers of our extended family for a while. Some want to slap an iPhone in the hands of baby at birth. Some say no phone until freshman in high school. Some say no phone until Favorite Child can earn enough money to buy on their own and pay monthly bill. No agreement by anyone. Would appreciate the Geeding take on this controversial topic.

Keither: I’ve actually been thinking about this, especially with the recent school shooting (yet, again). Our kids are pretty young, six and seven, so I’m thinking if I give them one it would not be a smartphone. What do you call those, dumb phones? The dumb phone would only be used for emergencies and kept in their backpacks. I even thought about getting one of those cheap prepaid pay-as-y0u-go phones that run as cheap as $20 or $30. I don’t want to dish out much cash because kids lose things and break things easily, and I’d like them to prove to me they can first handle the responsibilities of a dumb cheap phone and managing minutes/data before graduating to a smartphone. When the day does come in which they get a smartphone and I add them to my plan, I would absolutely monitor usage as well the apps. I’m assuming all providers provide some sort of parental monitoring feature in their plans. I’d especially like to have the GPS tracking feature (or implant a biological chip while they are sleeping). Our Amazon Fire tablets allow us to set a time limit for each profile, so I have a feeling the providers would have something similar. Each child is different, some are more responsible than others, so what works for us may not work for y’all. I think our kids are pretty responsible, and technology is being accepted at an earlier age, so I could imagine giving DaughterGeeding one at age ten or twelve.

WifeGeeding: Good question. I would really like to stay away from having their own phone for as long as I can. Having a tablet is bad enough. I’m thinking when they start high school and are involved with more after school activities. That way they can call when they are ready for us to pick them up until they start driving We have a landline that they can use to call their friends. It is hard for me to say now how I will monitor apps, usage, etc. because I’m sure a lot will change in the next 5 years.

7. Terry b asks:
Has Keith ever heard Bono cover Elvis?

Keither: I have, I like it when Bono improves Elvis Costello lyrics to U2 songs.  Actually, I have heard Bono cover the King and I don’t think he does a great job of it, but then again, I’m sure Elvis would sound very good covering U2 songs.

WifeGeeding: As far as I know, no.

8. Anonymous asks:
Tell me the 3 best things about you.

Keither: I’m such a cynic and so critical of myself it’s hard for me to see any good traits about myself. So I view this question as more of what are three favorable things I hope people remember about me. (1.) I do my best to extend grace in simple ways. For example, if I’m in the checkout line and I see someone behind me only with an item or two, I’ll ask if they would like to go ahead of me. I’ll sometimes ask people who are finished loading their groceries in their car if I can return their cart for them if the cart return is on my way. When I speak with a wait staff or service employees who display a name tag, I try to make them not feel like a number and refer to them by names. I like to make people smile. (2.) I used to feel like everything was binary, that you had to choose a side or things had to be one way or the other. But I’ve worked really hard over the past ten years to widen my perspective and understand and appreciate both sides of an issue or argument, and that really helps when it comes to faith and political matters. (3.) Finally, I think I do a really good job of not taking things, especially the little things in life, for granted. Losing my parents and one of my closest friends early in my life has motivated taught me how fragile, short, and unexpected things in life can be. It might make some people a bit uncomfortable, but I hug people and tell those closest to me I love them all the time, male friends included. When the kids are being loud and wild I try to focus on not how stressed they are making me but to enjoy the moment because it will be gone soon and I should appreciate this opportunity. If a friend calls or texts me to tell me something silly, like complaining how bad the Cowboys are playing, I try to take value in it. That person didn’t have to text/call me, it could have been anyone else, but they chose to make me a part of their life, and I should be thankful and honored.

WifeGeeding: I’m patient. I go with the flow and am not easily angered.

9. Anonymous asks:
On a scale of 1-10, how strict are/were your parents?

Keither: Probably a 4. I had a healthy fear of respect and never pushed the line so they didn’t need to be very strict.

WifeGeeding: Being the fourth child I knew what I could and could not get away with. I also wasn’t a wild child so I never had a curfew or was grounded. I was pretty much a rule follower and wanted to make my parents happy. Being from a small town you knew if you did anything it would get back to your family.

10. Anonymous asks:
Who was your worst teacher? Why?

Keither: Several really stand out and I’m tempted to vent, but I’ll single out my second-grade teacher and one incident in particular. We had a reading assignment for homework, the book was about a deer, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t Bambi related. My mother, like all typical Asian mothers, took their kid’s schooling very seriously. It was the same routine every school day, even Fridays. As soon as I got home she gave me a small snack and I immediately had to do my homework, and as soon as I was finished and she reviewed it I then could watch cartoons or go play. I read my reading assignment to her out loud. The next day the teacher asked me a question about it but I couldn’t answer it and she accused me of not reading it. I told I did read what was assigned and distinctly remember her telling me I was lying to her and to step into the hallway to read it so the rest of the class could discuss. I was in tears and embarrassed. I still remember the snot running down my nose and wiping it with my sleeve. I think it was one of those situations where I’m following all the words but my mind went wandering. I was too ashamed to tell my parents because I feared I would have let them down or would have gotten in more trouble. That teacher also taught my brother and made some sort of comment that my brother never lied to her and he was a good student. That feeling of not being believed or letting someone down when I’m telling the truth still haunts me.

WifeGeeding: Mrs. Smith, my 5th grade science teacher. All we did was read the chapter and answer the questions at the end of the chapter. She also assigned LOTS of homework.

11. Anonymous asks:
Who was your favorite teacher? Why?

Keither: My third-grade teacher, Mrs. Drew, was by far the sweetest and very attractive. She made me feel happy and made learning fun. She was great at something I call “individual consideration”. She loved us as a class but made sure to love us all as individuals. When I graduated high school, she was even kind enough to send me a graduation card with ten bucks in it. My mother told me to never spend that money since it came from such a special person. I held true to her promise for about seven years. Man, think of that compounding interest. Often I think about tracking down her address and mailing a handwritten letter. I also want to mention one of my high school math teachers, Ms. Connie Thornton. She was consistently positive, never gave up on any student, and recognized effort even if it didn’t result in a high grade. In her classroom hung a handmade poster, “Success isn’t measured by the IQ but by the ‘I Do’.” A little cheesy, maybe, but it struck a chord with me and I think about that phrase at least monthly when I feel overwhelmed by a task. 

WifeGeeding: My fourth grade math and science teacher, Mrs. Ferrell. She complimented me on the dresses I wore each day. Very sweet, but firm. Not a very profound answer you would expect from a teacher, but she just stood out to me.

12. Heath asks:
Anything? Alright well let’s talk sex! Keith has mentioned a healthy sex life important in a marriage- how do you guys make this work with full time jobs and 2 kids?

Keither: I’m not going to dodge the question but I do acknowledge some of you are sensitive about this sort of talk, and if that’s the case, don’t read any further because there’s a chance you might feel I stepped over some sort of line. But at the same time, I don’t plan on saying anything to disrespect my wife and our bond. I out-punted my coverage in terms of being attracted to WifeGeeding so that helps. It also helps that she just wants to make me happy, and that goes beyond sex. But in terms of sex, she’s like me, opened-minded and adventurous, read into that what you will. But as a couple, we recognized how our likes and dislikes have changed over the years and that also applies to the bedroom. One thing is constant, I’ve always been a giver – I’m more interested in pleasing her than I am of being pleased. I prioritize her, which means she’s always the one satisfied first, at least 99% of the time. Because of that, I think she looks forward and more willing to engage in sex. As for where do we find the time, it helps the kids have an early bedtime. They shower or bathe at 7:00 PM and by 7:45 PM they have been read to and tucked in. We are also fortunate that I work from home and her commute is less than two miles away without a single stoplight. We light spontaneity and trying to make the most of our opportunities.

WifeGeeding: It is hard to find time with kids and jobs, but you just make it a priority.

13. Former Neighbor Payne asks:
umm, do you like this gig? that wasn’t the question. Do you…do do do you like your job Ok. I, I mean do you like being the Head of GeedingManor?

Keither:  PUFF DADDY!

WifeGeeding: Keith may be the Head of GeedingManor, but I wear the pants in the family!

14. CF asks:
For each of you:
Windows or Mac, and why?
Android or iPhone, and why?

Keither: I was a big Mac fan when they weren’t popular. My first two computers were Macs, both in the mid-90’s. I was extremely loyal to the brand until a family member convinced me they were a lost cause, and then all of a sudden Steve Jobs came back but I was already “converted”. I have a huge appreciation for Apple products, but nowadays I stick to Windows and Android for familiarity. When I use WifeGeeding’s iPhone or Mac I feel like I’m doing everything with my non-dominant hand, it’s too confusing for me.

WifeGeeding: I use a Mac at home, but occasionally use Windows at work. Keith bought me a Mac laptop several years ago so that is why I use it. iPhone because it is user friendly.

15. John Mackovic asks:
Do you like movies about gladiators?
Have you ever been in a Turkish prison?

Keither: I’m sorry, son, but you must have me confused with someone else. My name is Roger Murdock. I’m the co-pilot. 

WifeGeeding: I’m not a huge movie person, but I did like Ben Hurr the first time I saw it in school. No, never been to a Turkish prison. I actually had to “Google” it to see if I was missing something. Answer stays the same…NO!

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DaughterGeeding met her brother for the first time six years ago today

Happy birthday BoyGeeding!

 

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WifeGeeding Bag of Randomness

  • Keeping this blog updated daily is a lot of work.  Not that it is hard, but sometimes I either am too exhausted to update it or I can’t think of any thing to write.  Thank you for being patient as Keith recovers.  I’m sure some of you check this blog every morning to see if there are any updates and are disappointed when there is nothing new.  Please keep checking and don’t give up on us.  Right now, Keith doesn’t have much energy, but he will get back to providing you with great stories, links, and randomness.
  • To Nathan and the rest of you who are wondering…Yes, we are answering your questions from “Ask Us Anything”.
  • Keith’s valentine gift to me–writing HOT MOM on the back of LeafGeeding.  I love how he is creative and goofy.  He erased it this evening before I could get a picture.  Guess I’m only “hot” one day out of the year.
  • My valentine gift to him–a Coke ICEE and a Kit Kat.  That’s love.
  • We had a heart shaped pizza for dinner.
  • I’m so over the cold weather.  I DO NOT like to be cold!  If it is going to be as cold as it has been at least give us some snow.
  • Love one another.
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Hear the Otherworldly Sounds of Skating on Thin Ice 

This small lake outside Stockholm, Sweden, emits otherworldly sounds as Mårten Ajne skates over its precariously thin, black ice. “Wild ice skating,” or “Nordic skating,” is both an art and a science. A skater seeks out the thinnest, most pristine black ice possible—both for its smoothness, and for its high-pitched, laser-like sounds.

Black ice is recently frozen, and can be as thin as 2 inches and still support the weight of a skater. Like a dome or arch, the support comes from the sides rather than the top, and the water underneath prevents the ice from breaking. But, experience and careful advance planning are key. Factors including temperature, atmospheric conditions, and even satellite images of the Earth’s surface are considered. It’s complicated, but appealing to mathematicians like Ajne. Even with preparation, there’s a risk of falling in… So it’s best done in groups, for safety.

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Teachers greet each of their students with a personalized handshake every day

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Go ahead . . .

Keith will return to blogging shortly. But in the meantime, we’re an open book. We’ll answer individually or as a couple depending on the question in a separate post.

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy’s simultaneous booster landings

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