Cats’ Purring Says More Than We Think

by Kevin Burton    Apparently the purring our cats do isn’t all good vibrations.      These are cats after all, I should have known. It just had to be more complicated than we thought.    “We think we know what a cat’s purr means,” writes Stephen Dowling of the BBC.  “It is arguably the most recognizable sign …

Can’t Stop Dancing? Read This Cautionary Tale

by Kevin Burton    You say the YMCA dance made you sick in the 70s? The Bump?  That Saturday Night Fever pointing dance?    But did anybody ever die from it?    From reporter Rosalind Jana on the BBC, comes the story of a dance craze that was truly crazy.    In Strasbourg, France, in …

The Unsavory Reality Of Breakfast In Bed

by Kevin Burton    Certain things sound great, but once you examine them are really not.    One such concept is breakfast in bed. People talk about breakfast in bed as a mother’s day or birthday kind of special thing you do for someone.      So I’m thinking about this and it hits me, who really …

My Phone’s Not Dumb, You’re Dumb

by Kevin Burton    One last petulant blast. That’s all this is, I fear.    BBC business reporter Suzanne Bearne did a story on the return of the “dumbphone.” I hadn’t heard that anything not a smartphone is considered a dumbphone, but it doesn’t surprise me.    Neither am I surprised that flip phones like …

Drone Helps Save Life Of Swedish Man

by Kevin Burton     Health care systems worldwide use drone technology to overcome physical and other barriers in an effort to save lives.    The technology was crucial for a Swedish man late last year, as reported by the BBC.    “An autonomous drone has helped to save the life of a 71-year-old man who …

Simon At His Best On “Me And Julio”

by Kevin Burton    The lyrics say crime and punishment, the delivery, whimsy and jest.     The package came from Paul Simon, and he was hot in the early 70s. So I am amazed to learn that this song qualifies for inclusion in our 2022 series on songs that peaked at number 22 on the …

The New Flying Car Is The Ride For Me

by Kevin Burton    Many of my blind friends have talked about getting a self-driving car. I have not been real interested…until now.    Why the change? Monday I found out that in Slovakia, cars can fly.     I don’t mean just go zoom-zoom fast. I mean literally take to the sky.     This is …

Runaway Robot Vac Outsmarts Hotel Staff

by Kevin Burton    How long till the appliances take over everything? Can they really do any worse than the humans?    Asking both questions today after reading a story on http://www.bbc.com about a vacuum cleaner that made a bold decision. We should all be inspired by this. Remember kids, he who hesitates is lost. …

This Scottish Song Brings In New Years

by Kevin Burton    As December fades and January rushes in, one song is ubiquitous.    Every year without fail, time zone by time zone, it’s difficult to avoid “Auld Lang Syne.”  It’s the song of New Year’s Eve, nostalgia and old friends.     “Auld Lang Syne is an international anthem and one of Scotland’s …

Words From A Learned Feline Bard

by Kevin Burton    If you love Shakespeare, or cats, or both, today I’ve got you covered.    I’m not as familiar with the works of Shakespeare as I am the works of say, Three Dog Night. I say this to my own shame.    But I know cats. I love cats, sure as I’m …