My Bilingual Doubletalk In Mexico

by Kevin Burton    My career as an English as a Second Language teacher came to an abrupt early end one night under the streetlights outside a small taco shop in Puebla.    To tell you how and why that happened, I first turn to BBC writer Nicole Chang, who recently wrote about what speaking …

Personal Data Scattered To The Four Winds

by Kevin Burton    Yes, of course you’re going to do your due diligence, you’ll do what you can. But is this a lost cause already?    I’m talking about the safe keeping of your personal data, personal identifying information. The intimate details of your life.    How much of that information do you truly …

Cereal, Court Cases And Sweet Memories

by Kevin Burton Kellogg’s and other makers of sugary breakfast cereals will be restricted in how they market those products in the United Kingdom starting this October, according to the BBC. The Royal Courts of Justice last week ruled in favor of the government in a lawsuit filed by Kellogg’s. The American food giant had …

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 …