Wise Advice

Could you be considered a Vermonter?

Vermonters care about what’s happening worldwide, but they are likely more concerned about what’s happening in their own backyard. We were raised to mind our own business and by doing so we could live next to a neighbor with whom we may have some disagreements, but still get along OK.

https://vtdigger.org/2018/08/24/bob-stannard-mind-beeswax/

 

 

 

Roughing It

Have friends who are into glamping?

Requirements:

  • Unique structure
  • Immediate access to the outdoors (as opposed to a hotel lobby)
  • All of the comfort of a hotel (at the very least a bed and hot water)

 

Or in other words:
It’s a way to experience the untamed and completely unique parts of the world—without having to sacrifice creature comforts.

Then here’s a perfect gift to help keep them connected – a $599.95 battery with 428 watt-hour capacity, to power lights, USB devices—even a mini fridge.

There’s an App for That – Birth Control

FDA allows marketing of first direct-to-consumer app for contraceptive use to prevent pregnancy.  

The app, called Natural Cycles, contains an algorithm that calculates the days of the month a woman is likely to be fertile based on daily body temperature readings and menstrual cycle information, a method of contraception called fertility awareness. Designed for mobile devices, it is intended for use in pre-menopausal women aged 18 and older.

 

How Hot Was It?

July was the hottest month ever recorded in Burlington, Vermont, according to records from the local office of the National Weather Service.

And you know the warnings against leaving pets and children in the car, no matter how briefly you’ll be away.

Apparently, the warning is just as applicable for the parabolic mirror you plan on converting into the best solar oven ever.

 

 

Fur Babies

 

Is there no limit to what can be spent on our pets?  I offer Neuticles, prosthetic testicles for neutered pets, for your consideration.  Over 500,000 (is that each or pairs?) since 1995.

And don’t get me started on cloning!

Barbra Streisand revealed in an interview that two of her three Coton de Tulears had been cloned from her beloved late dog Samantha, who died last year at the age of 14.

 

 

Satire Department

If I hadn’t seen this article from VPR I probably never would have known about The Winooski.

Apparently, it was launched about a year ago.

From VPR:

“Locally sourced, organic Vermont satire” — the goal, of The Winooski, according to founder Adam Hall.

Hall, who also writes most of the articles on the site, says the idea for the satirical publication came while he was working on his blog, Tenor Dad (Hall is an opera singer, conductor and composer in addition to satirist.)

“I had noticed that some of the hyper-local articles that I had written [for Tenor Dad] had done the best, had gotten the most views,” Hall said Monday in an interview with Vermont Edition. “And I thought, ‘People really want to read about what’s close to home.’

“They want to read about what’s going on in town and I wanted to be funny,” Hall said. “I thought, ‘How can I combine those two things, where people can read about what’s going on in town and I can be funny? What if I started a Vermont satire site where I could take local issues and Vermont things that I’m seeing and talking to people about, but putting my own spin on them?'”

And so Hall started The Winooski.