Not all books lend themselves to audio

My personal opinion is that two recent notable books are simply not meant to be listened to: Richard Powers' "The Overstory" and "Circe" by Madeline Miller. Audible's rating for the these two narrated versions is quite high. For the former, I had a problem with the switch back and forth between stories which was not … Continue reading Not all books lend themselves to audio

Best packaged biscuits (maybe?)

My usual grocer (FreshDirect, online) carries his preferred brand which I've ordered for Thanksgiving. We shall see. https://www.thekitchn.com/canned-biscuit-brands-22950234? I Tried Nearly a Dozen Tubes of Canned Biscuits and Now This Is the Only One I’ll Buy by Meghan SplawnPublished: YesterdayWe independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a … Continue reading Best packaged biscuits (maybe?)

Detailed article about worker efforts to improve conditions at Amazon

This is simply too long an article to put on a blog. The workers portrayed here are Somali and were fighting to observe their religion but not lose their jobs. Beyond those two distinctions tho, these Amazon warehouse workers are facing the same issues as faced by such workers globally -- work speedup, inadequate air … Continue reading Detailed article about worker efforts to improve conditions at Amazon

Manhattan gridlock days CORRECTED by nyc.dot.gov

Due to a clerical error, three Gridlock Alert Days were incorrect in this year's announcement. Tomorrow, November 15 and next Wednesday, November 20 are NOT Gridlock Alerts Days. Friday, November 22 IS a Gridlock Alert Day.Whether traveling for work, errands or recreation, please consider walking, biking or taking public transportation whenever possible.Visit mta.info to check the service status of subways, buses, Metro North Railroad and Long Island … Continue reading Manhattan gridlock days CORRECTED by nyc.dot.gov

Cats attach just as thoroughly as babies and dogs

Cats are often maligned for being aloof and uncaring about the humans with whom they live. Turns out cats understand more and care more than previously thought. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/326485.php#1 Cats bond with caregivers just as much as babies and dogs The first empirical study on the connection between cats and their caregivers refutes felines' chilly image. … Continue reading Cats attach just as thoroughly as babies and dogs

Remember wildfires are a global problem

California wildfires pale in comparison to those in Australia in terms of surface area and duration. (I think California has more damage to residences and buildings.) But this article describes a truly frightening problem Down Under. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/12/australia-fires-rage-out-of-control-catastrophic-day? (click thru for additional videos and maps) Australia fires could be out of control for months, says fire … Continue reading Remember wildfires are a global problem

Tables may soon allow taking a smaller mandatory distribution from your IRA

This will be a bit geeky and dense. Most IRA owners are taking more out of their accounts each year than required by the minimum mandatory distribution (MRD) rules. The MRD tables were calculated to ensure that an IRA balance would last for life. Problem(?) is that, in general, we have been living longer so … Continue reading Tables may soon allow taking a smaller mandatory distribution from your IRA