Posts Tagged ‘News’

1.  There has been (and continues to be) quite an earthquake swarm in Nevada.  According to (one of my favorite I-am-a-nerd-blogs) Eruptions: There is the interesting coincident that the focus of the swarm is near the Auroa Volcanic Field – however, Graham Kent from the director of the Nevada Seismological Lab at the University of Nevada, Reno, doesn’t think a volcanic eruption is likely.  Eruptions blogger notes that Nevada has seen many earthquake swarms over the past few years (true, says I) and none have led to volcanic activity.

2.  Life is generally good.  Sweetie and I are enjoying our house and the endless list of projects (mostly his!) that come with it.  He is currently constructing two raised veggie boxes for me to plant our own crops.  I am very happy about this!  We inherited, in the backyard of this house, a couple of nice artichoke plants.  I have managed to not kill them yet and they are producing a nice little crop of artichokes.  Wonderful!  I picked three the other day, cooked them up, and served them with my mom’s patented (should be) artichoke dipping sauce.  Delicious! 

3.  Work is good and sometimes crazy.  True to form, my work and overlapping deadlines sometimes results in weeks like last week where I have to work 13 to 15 hours for a while.  Not true to my old (younger self) form, I can’t maintain that level of work/brain effort for very long.  I worked so hard for most of last week, I crashed on Friday.  Went to a meeting I couldn’t reschedule and then came home, hugged my Sweetie, wasted time on the computer, and went to see a movie.  We saw Hanna.  It was good, but not as good as I was expecting. Good, but I was expecting more there there.  But fine because, heck, I was NOT working. I won’t link to the movie trailer because I think it shows too much.  But I will link to a short clip featuring some of the brilliant soundtrack from The Chemical Brothers. That particular music piece was probably my favorite in the movie, but others were quite good.  If you like that sort of thing at all, you’d love the soundtrack.  Sweetie and I definitely appreciated the soundtrack. 

4.  I was thinking of writing a separate blog called “Why I don’t blog about Sarah Palin.”  But then I thought “Well, really.  I don’t blog much at all these days so that seems like a silly title.”  But there actually is a reason I don’t blog about her.  Not that I don’t read about her.  I do.  And there has been plenty to read about lately.  I could say all sorts of things.  The ridiculousness of her posing as some sort of political analyst for Fox News.  How much her reality show (and all the rest of her goings-on) does nothing to really promote the great state of Alaska since she resigned as Governor.  The hypocrisy of her daughter prancing around lecturing about abstinence while supported by a group that advertises abstinence with a close-to-pornographic picture of a young girl wrapped around a guy.  ?  Yeah, that makes sense.  We have to be hip for the young kids and then expect them to absorb a message completely opposite from the visual.  How I don’t really believe most of the conspiracy theories about Trig’s birth.  Mostly because I subscribe to the same belief for almost ALL conspiracy theories: If there were more than 3 people involved, it’s not very likely that a much-talked about conspiracy theory wouldn’t be able to provide proof by now.  I could throw in my two cents about her actions surrounding her son’s birth (was she trying to self-abort for 8 months, including the last few days? maybe).  All of these things (and much more) could have been separate blogs.  But I don’t bother.  Why?  Because when I wrote this, my main interest was that this dear country that I live in not make the horrendous mistake of electing this woman to any high office in this country.  Not in 2012.  Not ever.  I said I didn’t want her on the national stage.  There is nothing I can do about the fact she is all over the national airwaves.  There is nothing I can do about the fact that educated people I know seem to love and support her, blinded by her messages of Faith Faith Faith God God God, without realizing (or acknowledging) what a wicked truly twisted person lies beneath.  But as for high office, I don’t worry about it anymore.   She is a non-entity.  If she runs, it will be for the publicity and her own narcissistic satisfaction.  She is not a viable candidate.  Not for her potential scandals.  Not for her prostituting herself and her family for any amount of cash that can come her way.  And not because she can’t seem to form a coherent sentence on the fly.  But because of this:  She quit.  She quit, ladies and gentlemen.  She was elected to an executive office to serve a term for the voters who cast their ballot for her, and WHAT DID SHE DO?  She quit.  Game over.  Buh bye.  No excuses (should every potential lame duck executive quit??). What more do I, a mere blogger who talks about food as much as I talk about politics, need to say?  Pretty much nothing.  Why do I mention it now?  Because potential candidates are starting to proclaim their intentions right now and there may be another buildup of support for her.  And I may note it as it happens.  But do I honestly believe she has a snowball’s chance in a Texas wildfire to be elected President?  No.  And I trust that a large majority of people of this good country know this too.

5.  If I can’t get my act together and blog more, I resolve to at least be better at reading, and hopefully chiming in at, other folks’ blogs. 

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Look young, live longer…

…..so the research says.

Today’s news update is brought to you via an Associated Press article on a new research study released in the British Medical Journal

I’m paraphrasing the report here.  Danish researchers were testing sets of twins.  Older twins (70+ years old).  They figured out which twin looked younger, based on three separate groups of people looking at photos.  Then, the researchers tracked how long the twins lived for a few more years.  So, the article says that the experts found “that people who looked younger than their actual age were far more likely to survive, even after they adjusted for other factors such as gender and environment.  The bigger the difference in perceived age within any twin pair, the more likely it was that the older-looking twin died first.”

Say what?  What does looking younger have to do with living longer?  There may be some correlation but how do you logically link the two?

I guess there is a potential biological reason.  The report goes on to say that the researchers found that people who looked younger also tended to have longer telomeres, a key DNA component that is linked to aging. 

I know.  Sounds fishy.  But also slightly intriguing. 

All I have to say is – if younger-looking people have longer telomeres, then I must have some of the longest telomeres in human history.  

Yes, it is slightly true that the older I get, the more I appreciate looking young.  But there are limits and frustrations with it.  Mind you, I would not wish for the opposite.  I’d rather people think I am 5 years younger than older.  But 5 years is nothing.  I still get carded.  And not just the – “We-got-busted-for-selling-alcohol-to-minors-a-few-months-ago-and-now-I-have-to-ask-for-everyone’s-ID” sort of carded.  But carded as in – the cashier took a serious look at my face and is now making me dig around in my purse for my ID, which she is sure to think is fake because it says *gasp!* that I am 38 years old.  38.  Legal drinking age is 21.  You do the math.

It wouldn’t be so bad if I didn’t constantly feel like I need to point out to Sweetie’s old friends (and new friends) that – yes indeed, our marriage is legal in all 50 states.  Over Thanksgiving dinner, I tried to find a way to bring up the age thing in conversation.  Just to reassure the new folks I met that night that I’m very close in age to Sweetie.  And of course, once I brought it up and laughed about how young I look, they all started telling me “Well, you do look *really* young.”  And “Yes, you look young.”  Same thing happened two years ago when I met many members of Sweetie’s extended family for the first time during the family reunion.  When I stood up to introduce myself, I left about 86 clues that I was pretty much the same age as Sweetie, which made me older than a lot of the cousins sitting around the room.  I think they were a little surprised.

I will admit, the whole issue is not as sensitive to me since I’ve started working from home.  Alone.  With no more client meetings and public hearings and meetings with half a dozen engineers, planners, lawyers and applicants who look at me enter a room and wonder: “Excuse me, where’s the real senior project manager?  Why did this firm send a 16-year old to manage our project?”  It is hard enough to tell a roomful of people things they don’t want to hear about a project.  Trying to do it while feeling like a 10-year in super-overstuffed chairs around a conference table I can hardly reach is NOT conducive to confidence building.  Egads.  Leave it to the lawyers to have the biggest, fattest conference room chairs made by man.  Thank goodness I don’t intimidate easy. 

So yeah, it’s a pain.  And I know I shouldn’t complain about it too loudly.  And I admit it doesn’t help that I act like a big goof sometimes.  This brings my perceived age-due-to-behavior down to about 14 (but what’s wrong with climbing a good tree?)  And, according to my old hairstylist: “You could wear more make-up.”   Argh. 

OK, I’ll shut up now.  I don’t know if I can convince anyone there are disadvantages to looking younger.  But don’t hate me because I look young.  Hate me because I have long telomeres. 

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