30 Days Of Blogging Honesty — Day 30

Hard to believe that this is the last day of the 30 Days of Blogging Honesty. I have had a blast doing this and reading my follow bloggers during this time. I hope we continue to read each others blogs until the next 30 Days of Blogging Honesty, y’all are bookmarked for me to read. Thanks to Tom Baker and Cherlyn Cochrane who put this together — Thankyou Thankyouverymuch! (In the words of Elvis of course.)

Day 30 — One question or subject matter if I were asked here on 30 Days of Blogging Honesty I know I would refuse to answer or definitely lie about is…

I don’t think there is any question I would not answer. There might be some questions that I would give all of my 2-cents on (heavens knows, there are some questions that I give more than my 2-cents on. But I don’t think there is a question that I would refuse to answer or lie about.

 

(As of 4.14.2012) From Tom Baker: The most up to date list available of participants: Cherlyn Cochrane, Emmmmerz, Miko, LJ, Melanie, Last Civilized Woman, Princesa Musang, Primadonna Zel, Caroline, Koi, Aurathena, Terriblethinker, Sleep and Salami, Marliz3e, Prysmatique, DLonelyStar, AnonymousBurn, Nicole, Sylvia Garza, Mariana, Nenskei, MyNakedBokkie, Bluefiadiarries, VeehCirra, Bannatreasures, Sajeev, Happyhippierose, TheFerkel, Tom Baker, *Sofia, *Everything Love & Lust, *TemptingSweets99, Sites with an * contain NSFW material. If erotic or sexual material is offensive to you, please do not visit these three blogs. Please check them out!

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White Killer Whale Spotted

Did you see this article about the White Killer Whale? It must have been a sight to see in the ocean.

 

The white whale behind another orca, likely his mother, in April. Males remain in matriarchal pods for life. -- Photograph courtesy E. Lazareva, Far East Russia Orca Project

 

White Killer Whale Spotted—Only One in the World?
“Handsome” whale may be the only known all-white adult orca.

Christine Dell’Amore

National Geographic News

Published April 25, 2012

The headline-grabbing all-white adult killer whale spotted off Russia this month may well be one of a kind. But the sighting may not be the first time he’s been caught on camera.

Scientists were studying acoustic and social interactions among whales and dolphins off the North Pacific’s Commander Islands (map) when the team noticed a six-foot-tall (nearly two-meter-tall) white dorsal fin jutting above the waves—hence the whale’s new name: Iceberg.

“The reaction from the team for the encounter, which happened on an ordinary day for spotting and photographing the whales, was one of surprise and elation,” researcher Erich Hoyt said via email. Though he wasn’t aboard the boat, Hoyt co-directs the Far East Russia Orca Project (FEROP), which had organized the expedition.

Though Iceberg’s moniker is new, he may be the same killer whale scientists spotted in 2000 and 2008 in Alaska‘s Aleutian Islands (map), Holly Fearnbach, a research biologist at the University of Aberdeen in the U.K., said by email.

For one thing, Iceberg and the previously seen whales look very similar, Fearnbach said.

Furthermore, each of the three white whale sightings were among about a dozen family members, all bearing the typical black-and-white pattern, Fearnbach said.

And it wouldn’t be odd for Iceberg to have made the Russia-to-Alaska crossing. Fish-eating North Pacific killer whales have been observed migrating more than 1,240 miles (2,000 kilometers). Their mammal-eating cousins cover smaller ranges.

The whale seen in 2000 and 2008 was darker and more mottled than Iceberg, FEROP’s Hoyt noted, though the coloring can change seasonally due to algae on the skin, “which would tend to make a white animal look darker.”

Overall, Aberdeen’s Fearnbach said, “it is highly possible they are the same whales—but we cannot be certain until a match is confirmed” by closely analyzing photographs of the three sightings.

(See “‘White,’ Albino-like Penguin Found in Antarctica.”)

White Whale a Mystery

The 22-foot-long (7-meter-long) Iceberg is probably not a true albino, since he has color on his saddle—the area behind his dorsal fin—FEROP’s Hoyt said.

“Iceberg may or may not be an albino. We really don’t know,” said Hoyt, also a senior research fellow at the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.

One way to find out would be to see if Iceberg’s eyes are pink and unpigmented—a sure sign of albinism, Hoyt said. (See pictures of albino animals.)

Scientists have observed other killer whales with a condition called Chediak-Higashi syndrome, a rare disease of the immune and nervous system that affects coloration, Fearnbach said.

But most animals affected with Chediak-Higashi don’t survive to adulthood, meaning it’s unlikely Iceberg—a mature male of at least 16 years—has the disease. The male seen in 2000 and 2008, if different from Iceberg, also didn’t have the disease.

“I do not know a lot about other genetic conditions that may cause such light pigmentation, but hopefully he will be seen again and we can collect a genetic sample,” Fearnbach said.

Iceberg Healthy, Handsome

Whatever his condition, “we can see that he is a healthy-looking male, a handsome, robust member of his fish-eating pod, so we can presume that his coloration doesn’t affect him in a negative way,” FEROP’s Hoyt said. (Some killer whale pods eat mammals, but Iceberg’s group appears to stick solely to fish.)

(See whale pictures.)

In general, “finding a beautiful animal like Iceberg shows us that there are still great surprises to be found in the least visited parts of the ocean,” Hoyt added.

“I would hope that Iceberg would help motivate people not only to save whales but to save their habitat, their homes in the sea.”

 

30 Days Of Blogging Honesty — Day 29

Day 29 — My television is showing the same show on every channel. I really don’t mind watching ____________ (from the 1960′s) and I really love this show because…

Lost in Space

Lost in Space (1967)

Lost in Space was a science fiction television series produced by Irwin Allen for broadcast on CBS. The show ran for three seasons, with 83 episodes airing between September 15, 1965, and March 6, 1968 (from The Official 60’s Site-Television in the 60s)

Oh my, my… how I loved this show and wouldn’t mind watching it over and over again. I loved Major Don West (Mark Goddard) and would get excited whenever he was on the screen. Even at a young age, I knew he was a fox!

The show was on from 1965 – 1968, so the only shows I remember first watching were reruns (I was born in 1966). But I remember being glued to the TV watching the show. I loved the theme music they played at the beginning of the show. It was so “outer spacey” (it was written by John Williams — is there nothing this man hasn’t written for TV or movies?)

I would have to mute the TV whenever Dr. Smith would be on, I really didn’t care for him and I would not have had a problem if they lost him space.

Here are some other links to one of the greatest shows from the 60’s:

 

 

30 Days Of Blogging Honesty — Day 28

Day 28 — If I could do one thing that is socially unacceptable and know I would not be judged, I would…

trip/smack upside the head of children who run around like little crazed people in public.

I’m sure if I had kids, I wouldn’t like this, but since I don’t… It amazes me when I see kids misbehaving in public. If I ever did that when I was a kid, my parents would have been all over me. I remember when I goofed off at church, I would get that pinch behind the arm.

I wonder why parents let their kids behave like this. They may think its cute, but it isn’t.

I remember this one lady and her four year old son. Whenever he didn’t get his way, he would fly off the handle. Then if he got even madder, he would kick his mom. Oh, dear Lord, when I saw this, all I wanted to do was smack that boy upside the head! She would just laugh it off and act like nothing happened.

Let’s just say, if that was my child, you wouldn’t have seen him for a while and when you did, he would have been a totally different child.

I’m sure there are more things I would do, but this is on the top of my list.

But don’t worry, if I ever watch your kids, I won’t trip or smack your kid!

To Those of Us Born 1925 – 1970

You know how much I like chain e-mails. I’m amazed on who starts them and how they get around. I got this from an old friend from high school, Laura. Thanks for sending it to me.

This picture was done by my friend, Debbie Meyer, Children’s Illustrator. To see more of her wonderful work, visit her website at http://www.debmeyercreative.com.

No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us, WE ARE AWESOME!!!

OUR Lives are LIVING PROOF!!!

To Those of Us Born 1925 – 1970:

At the end of this email is a quote of the month by Jay Leno. If you don’t read anything else, please read what he said.

Very well stated, Mr. Leno.

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930s, ’40s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s!!

First, we survived being born to mothers who may have smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes.

Then, after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets, and, when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps, not helmets, on our heads.

As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.

Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter, and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And we weren’t overweight.

WHY?

Because we were always outside playing…that’s why!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day.

— And, we were OKAY.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill, only
to find out we forgot the brakes.. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Play Stations, Nintendo’s and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVDs, no surround-sound or CDs, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms.

WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from those accidents.

We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping-pong paddles, or just a bare hand, and no one would call child services to report abuse.

We ate worms, and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls, and – although we were told it would happen- we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment.

Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers, and inventors ever.

The past 50 to 85 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

If YOU are one of those born between 1925-1970, CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.

While you are at it, forward it to your kids, so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it?

The quote of the month by Jay Leno:

“With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?”

For those that prefer to think that God is not watching over us…go ahead and delete this.

For the rest of us……pass this on.

 

30 Days Of Blogging Honesty — Day 27

Day 27 — I have an inner voice, and if a friend spoke to me the way my inner voice does at times, I would…

ask if they are crazy!!

See, my inner voice isn’t always a conversation. Sometimes if just a phrase or a shout out. Almost like someone who has Tourette’s syndrome. Or sometimes my inner voice starts singing a song to get me to think of something else.

But I think if my friend spoke to me like that, they would be one of my good friends because I understand what they are saying.

 

(As of 4.14.2012) From Tom Baker: The most up to date list available of participants: Cherlyn Cochrane, Emmmmerz, Miko, LJ, Melanie, Last Civilized Woman, Princesa Musang, Primadonna Zel, Caroline, Koi, Aurathena, Terriblethinker, Sleep and Salami, Marliz3e, Prysmatique, DLonelyStar, AnonymousBurn, Nicole, Sylvia Garza, Mariana, Nenskei, MyNakedBokkie, Bluefiadiarries, VeehCirra, Bannatreasures, Sajeev, Happyhippierose, TheFerkel, Tom Baker, *Sofia, *Everything Love & Lust, *TemptingSweets99, Sites with an * contain NSFW material. If erotic or sexual material is offensive to you, please do not visit these three blogs. Please check them out!

30 Days Of Blogging Honesty — Day 26

Day 26 — I would break the law to save a loved one if…

they hurt a member of my family.

I have always said that if anyone hurt my nephew, Brad or niece, Pam, I would…

No one, I mean no one would be able to stop me. I wouldn’t care what happened to me, I would make whoever pay for what they did to them. Or, I would find someone to do the dirty work for me!

 

(As of 4.14.2012) From Tom Baker: The most up to date list available of participants: Cherlyn Cochrane, Emmmmerz, Miko, LJ, Melanie, Last Civilized Woman, Princesa Musang, Primadonna Zel, Caroline, Koi, Aurathena, Terriblethinker, Sleep and Salami, Marliz3e, Prysmatique, DLonelyStar, AnonymousBurn, Nicole, Sylvia Garza, Mariana, Nenskei, MyNakedBokkie, Bluefiadiarries, VeehCirra, Bannatreasures, Sajeev, Happyhippierose, TheFerkel, Tom Baker, *Sofia, *Everything Love & Lust, *TemptingSweets99, Sites with an * contain NSFW material. If erotic or sexual material is offensive to you, please do not visit these three blogs. Please check them

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