2023 October

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

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[Spectacular Snorkel Outing] Saturday, just got in from seeing:
2 sharks, 6’ lemon and 4’ baby bull
1 spotted eagle ray,
3 moray eels
Tons of starfish, tropicals, and spiny lobster.
Excellent day, thank the Lord.
[Can You Get Hacked Via Browser?] Yes, your iPhone, Android phone, tablet, or any other system can get hacked if you visit a website that is overtaken by a hacker. You can fall victim to phishing attacks, and it can compromise your data privacy. Don’t leave your browser open when you are done with it for the day. Browsers are a direct connection to your computer and already has your password entered. Browsers are an open invitation to the bad guys.
[Why Does Sneezing Feel So Good?] Sneezing releases endorphins, or feel-good chemicals, while simultaneously releasing pressure in the chest. Link
[Slave Trade 150 Years Ago] Caribbean countries demand trillions in reparations, putting Europe and potentially the US on the hot seat. Link

If you think about it, armadillos are just tactical assault possums.

[Recipe For The Cure Of The Falling Sickness 1632] Take 3 ounces of dead men’s skull which you may have at the apothecary’s, 4 ounces of mistletoe of the oak, 4 ounces of red coral, 4 ounces of wood betony, let all these be wiped dry and clean, then dry them and beat them to fine powder and mix them together.
[Baby Crying App] A startup named Cappella is launching an AI-powered baby cry translator app next month that uses factors like pitch and duration to analyze cries. The app aims to interpret a child’s needs and relay whether it’s time for feeding, a diaper change, or if the tears are just a baby’s desperate plea for its parents to put their phones down for once.
[Self-Checkout Sucks] If you’ve ever tried to buy fruit at a self-checkout kiosk, you know it can be a nightmare. Fending off a line of impatient customers while trying to make sense of illegible bar codes is not for the weak. And once the machine starts screaming to “wait for assistance,” it’s all over. It’s not just you — while the handy kiosks were once the apple of every big retailer’s eye, more companies are turning their backs on the tech.
Walmart removed self-checkouts entirely from some of its stores and is redesigning others.
Costco is cracking down on card-sharing by staffing its self-checkout lines more heavily.
ShopRite brought cashiers back into stores after a flood of customer complaints.
This is where the new UPS driver left my package (Note to driver: The house is that big thing to your right).
How do nations slip from greatness to obscurity?
*Fighting endless wars they can’t or won’t win.
* Accumulating massive debt far beyond their ability to repay.
* Refusing to guard their borders, allowing the nation to be inundated by an alien horde.
* Surrendering control of their cities to mob rule.
* Allowing indoctrination of the young..
* Moving from a republican form of government to an oligarchy
* Losing national identity
* Indulging indolence
* Abandoning God, faith and family – the bulwarks of any stable society.
[Recipe Baked Banana Chips]
2 just-ripe bananas, sliced in 1/10-inch-thick rounds, or more as needed
1 teaspoon lemon juice, or to taste
Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Spread banana slices out onto the prepared baking sheet, making sure slices are not touching. Brush with lemon juice.
Bake in the preheated oven for 90 minutes. Check bananas, lifting slices up to separate from the paper once or twice. Continue baking until bananas are dried out, 30 to 90 minutes more.
Let bananas cool until crispy, at least 5 minutes.
If bananas don’t start to go crispy after 5 minutes of cooling time, pop them back in for another 15 minutes.

Bring in the clowns

[Full Moon Kayak Excursion] The Florida Keys Wildlife Society proudly announces the first of this year’s Full Moon Kayak Excursions.  Big Pine Kayak Adventures is sponsoring this fundraising event with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Refuges of the Florida Keys.  Please meet at the Old Wooden Bridge Resort & Marina 1791 Bogie Dr, Big Pine Key at 4:45 p.m. October 26th so we can get you set up with a kayak and gear.  We’ll be departing about 5:15. Call Bill with your questions 305-872-7474 and sign up on the events page online.  Space is limited so reserve yours now.

[Frogs] Male frogs are the ones that always croak. Females only croak occasionally.

[Tips For Living] Have as much fun as you can. Do everything you can think of because it doesn’t end well for anyone.

[Halloween] Hey, I’ve got bills to pay too!

[Creating A ‘Perfect’ Reef] The nation’s military has been working on a new weapon: Creating a ‘perfect,’ self-healing coral reef that can withstand disease, warming temperatures and sea rise. Many U.S. military bases along the coasts are feeling the effects of climate change, and their current methods of defense — like sea walls — aren’t working against flooding and erosion. A reef would break up waves before they crash against the base. If it works, it may be a solution for cities and regions that face the worst effects of climate change, such as Miami. And the military appears to think it’s worth banking on. Link
[Asteroid Polyhymnia] A groundbreaking study by the University of Arizona reveals that asteroid Polyhymnia has a density exceeding that of any known elements on Earth.  These findings not only challenge our understanding of the Periodic Table but also have significant implications for future asteroid mining endeavors.
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[Elephants Are Afraid of Bees] The buzz on preventing elephants from plundering communities. The tiny, ubiquitous honeybee has the power to terrify a mammal that’s 22 million times its size. Buckets of bees are strung on a fence wire. When elephants trip the wire, bees swarm out of the boxes. The elephants hightail back to where they came from.  Link
[Found Plane] Divers found a U.S. Marine Corps Douglas AD-5 Skyraider attack plane that crashed off Miami in the 1950s. They just found it by accident sitting at the bottom of the ocean off Key Biscayne. Link
The current Coconut Telegraph was published on 10/24/23 at 7:27 am.