There is still time to get your order in!

Support a local business and order a Skyrunner today! It looks like a dune buggy with a parasail. A 1.0 liter engine drives the fan in back for a range of 200 miles. The car itself does 0-60 in 4.3 seconds. Cruising speed in the air is only 35 knots. Headquarters is at the Downtown airport here in Shreveport, and rumor has it that they plan to build it at the old GM plant.


Introducing Laren Brumley

This young lady was one of my nurses in the Emergency Department in Natchitoches, before moving off to Nashville. She has a big, beautiful voice coming out of that tiny little body.

You can download a couple of her songs here for free. Her group, Laren and the Langleys, has a new album out, Love is Life, and you can buy the mp3 here.

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Why do cats purr?

Humans have long thought that cats purr with contentment. But most cat species have some sort of purring vocalization, so there has to be an adaptive advantage to the behavior. Cats also purr when under stress, such as a visit to the veterinarian. A Scientific American article reports that purring may be related to healing, and bone and muscle stimulation/regeneration.

Because cats have adapted to conserve energy via long periods of rest and sleep, it is possible that purring is a low energy mechanism that stimulates muscles and bones without a lot of energy. The durability of the cat has facilitated the notion that cats have “nine lives” and a common veterinary legend holds that cats are able to reassemble their bones when placed in the same room with all their parts. Purring may provide a basis for this feline mythology. The domestication and breeding of fancy cats occurred relatively recently compared to other pets and domesticated species, thus cats do not display as many muscle and bone abnormalities as their more strongly selected carnivore relative, the domestic dog. Perhaps cats’ purring helps alleviate the dysplasia or osteoporotic conditions that are more common in their canid cousins. Although it is tempting to state that cats purr because they are happy, it is more plausible that cat purring is a means of communication and a potential source of self-healing.


This is the Marco Rubio that Florida elected

Via HotAir

This is the Marco Rubio that conservatives loved until he decided to cave on immigration–Rubio gave this speech on the floor of the Senate in response to a report by Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa on the wonders of the socialist paradise in Cuba.

HotAir has a transcript of Rubio’s speech if you aren’t into watching videos, but you will lose the passion and eloquence seen in this clip.


Well, how about that…Junior wins at Daytona

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a really popular NASCAR driver, but it hasn’t been because he is in the winner’s circle every Sunday. His Daytona 500 victory yesterday, after a long rain delay, came after finishing second in 3 of the last 4 Daytonas, and only 2 wins anywhere since 2006.

I am more of a Tony Stewart or “anyone-but-Jimmy-Johnson” guy when it comes to NASCAR, but I am glad to see Junior win the big one again.

56th Daytona 500

More news you can use

A while back I posted advice for rescuing a wet smartphone. Of course, it would be best if one could avoid getting expensive electronics wet in the first place. The Lifeproof case is waterproof, but the company is pretty selective about the devices for which it makes cases–I have one for my iPad, but they don’t make them for Motorola phones like my Droid Razr Maxx; the case makes the device large and clunky, besides.

Is there a better way? Try nanocoating, pioneered by a company called P2i. Much better than letting water get in the case to begin with. Coming to a smartphone near you!


Another reason to avoid selfies

Via Gizmodo.

I have, so far, never taken a selfie. But I am an old fart, and the selfie has become very popular in these days of Instagram and Snapchat. Here is a good reason to eschew group selfies with your friends. (Another is that the duckface looks really dumb.)

Selfies are dangerous. California lice expert Marcy McQuillan recently went on the record to tell the world what it doesn’t want to hear. “I’ve seen a huge increase of lice in teens this year,” she told the SFist. Typically it’s younger children I treat, because they’re at higher risk for head-to-head contact. But now, teens are sticking their heads together every day to take cell phone pics.”

Fortunately, I heard from my friendly Sanofi Pasteur rep today, there is a new, very effective head lice treatment on the market. Ask your pediatrician if Sklice is right for you!