Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A Dog with a Job. Imagine.

Aww, the Obamas’ Dog Thinks It Is a Person with a Person Job
Slate.com By Ben Mathis-Lilley  May 31 2016 

Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

This weekend the Associated Press posted an important investigative report about the White House dogs, Sunny and Bo, from which I'd like to highlight two pieces of information.

One is that the dogs have an official schedule.

"Everybody wants to see them and take pictures," Michelle Obama said. "I get a memo at the beginning of the month with a request for their schedules, and I have to approve their appearances."

A schedule. For dogs!

The other thing is that Bo, who is a dog, apparently believes that he has a job. The job: helping National Park Service staffers, including head White House groundskeeper Dale Haney, monitor the local plant situation.

"He leaves every morning and he goes down with Dale ... and he's with all the National Park Service guys. And you'll see him, and he's like walking around with them, and looking at the plants," Mrs. Obama said. "I think he thinks he has a job because he takes it very seriously. So if I go out and see him, he kind of ignores me when he's with his worker crew people."

A dog with a job. Can you even imagine?!?

A dog with a job.  Oh yeah, that’s a tough one alright.

Let’s see…
Member of the French Urban Search and Rescue Task Force at the site of the collapsed World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks.
How about police dog, bomb-sniffing dog, Seeing-Eye dog, cancer-sniffing dog, sheepdog, cowdog, search and rescue dog, emotional support dog, real-estate guard dog, cadaver search dog, goose control dog, hearing dog, assistance dog, emotional support dog, livestock guarding dog, penguin guarding dog, varmint dogs, drug-sniffing dog, bedbug sniffing dog, mine detection dogs, bird dogs and sled dogs.

Dogs have been medical research subjects, soldiers, astronauts, baby sitters, circus performers, movie television and advertising performers, guardians of homes, visitors and staff to/of nursing homes, beasts of burden (pulling carts and carrying packs), and oh yeah, man’s best friend.

Newfoundland Dogs were bred to rescue passengers from wrecked and foundering ships, Dalmations were developed to trot under carriages and protect the horses that pulled them, and even the Portuguese Water Dog allegedly once made itself useful to fishermen in Portugal.  (This last may simply be AKC propaganda - it wouldn't be the first.)

The person writing this article is either an uninformed idiot or simply unable to imagine much of anything at all.
Border Collie working sheep
Mixed breed dogs doing hospital visits.
Belgian Malinois mine-detection dog at work.
Jordan Reed and some his terriers, with rats they drove out of burrows and killed. Photo courtesy of Jordan Reed

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Wondering When You'll Be Able to Use That Calendar Again?

How often in years do calendars repeat with the same day-date combinations?

from: answers.com Answer by GregorS  WARNING:  CONTAINS MATH 

Calendars repeat in a regular cycle, at least within a century, because each year has 1 day more than exactly 52 weeks, and leap years add another extra day . This combination results in a sequence of repeated calendars in a 28-year cycle. For NON-LEAP YEARS, a given arrangement of days will repeat in 6 years, then 11, then 11 years, then begin a new cycle. Crossing a century changes this because only every 4th century year (e.g. 2000 but not 2100, 2200, or 2300) is a leap year. LEAP YEAR calendars repeat every 28 years.

When Calendars repeat
There is a very simple pattern for determining "when" calendars repeat with the same day/date combinations. Define any year as one of four things: a "leap year", the "1st year after a leap year", the "2nd year after a leap year", or the "3rd year after a leap year". Add 28 to a "leap year" to get the next year that it will repeat. Add 6 to the "1st year after a leap year" to get the next year that it will repeat; add 11 to the "2nd year after a leap year" to get the next year that it will repeat. Also add 11 to the "3rd year after a leap year" to get the next year that it repeats. Ex: 2010 is the 2nd yr after a leap year and will repeat in 2010 + 11 = 2021. 2011 repeats in 2022; 2012 repeats in 2040; 2013 repeats in 2019; 2014 repeats in 2025; 2015 repeats in 2026; 2016 repeats in 2044; 2017 repeats in 2023; and so on.

How often calendars repeat
  • Any leap year calendar will repeat in exactly the same way every 28 years.
  • Any "1st year after a leap year" will repeat in a 6-11-11 cycle, ie, it will repeat in 6 years, then come up again in 11 years, come up again in 11 more years, then repeat the 6-11-11 year cycle.
  • Both "2nd year after a leap year" and "3rd year after a leap year" will repeat in an 11-11-6 cycle.
Notice the patterns involve 6, 11, and 28. The cycles of 6-11-11 and 11-11-6 add to 28.

It can be 5, 6, or 11 years before an individual date-day combination comes up again. Individual days will repeat on a 6, 5, 6, 11 year cycle. For example, January 1, 2000 (a leap year) was a Saturday. The years that January 1 fell on or will fall on Saturday are: 1955, 1966, 1972, 1977, 1983, 1994, 2000, 2005, 2011, 2022, 2028, 2033, 2039, and 2050.

Possible Calendars
There are 14 possible combinations:
A year can begin on one of 7 weekdays, and the year can be a regular year or a leap year.
Note that the cycle doesn't repeat on a 14 year basis. Because the year can start on one of 7 days, and a leap year comes every 4 years, the cycle is more complicated, but any given year can have its calendar taken from one of the 14 possible calendars.
In a regular (non-leap) year, the year ends on the same day of the week as it starts (2005 started on Saturday, and will end on Saturday) That's 52 weeks and one day. The next year starts on the next day of the week, and should end on that same weekday. (2006 starts on a Sunday, and ends on a Sunday.)
A leap year will end on the weekday immediately after the weekday on which it starts, and is 52 weeks and 2 days long. (2004 started on a Thursday, and ended on a Friday).

Avian Pliers

from: Archie McPhee's Geyser of Awesome
The Department of Extraordinary Upcycling loves these sculptures of birds made by artist Kathy Boortz using old metal tools such, rebar, and wood.

 “Whitaker the Cockatoo” by Artist Kathy Boortz. Photographed by J R Compton.
If you read my blog, you know I have an Umbrella Cockatoo and Maine Coon Cats - kept very far apart from each other! So I was so happy when I saw this clever Cockatoo sculpture by Kathy Boortz.

What can you do with found objects? This sculpture is made with found pliers for the body (Whitaker brand), rebar for the feet, and it stands 6.5″.

You can find more of Kathy Boortzes’ birds at the Dallas Arts Review here. All photos by J R Compton.

Another “pliers’ bird”, is Kathy Boortzes’ “Starling”, 2010, found and sculpted metal and wood. Photo by J R Compton.

War Is Not Healthy...

I will not be posting on Memorial Day.  But I urge everyone to look unflinchingly at all these images.  The photos of the damaged soldiers are by David Jay.  Please visit his website HERE and also visit The Unknown Soldier webpage/gallery HERE
This is only a part of the cost of sending men and women to war.