What is your favorite movie about Vampires? I was a '70s baby, so depending on your age, your answer may differ from my generation. Perhaps, like me, you're old enough to remember the release of 1979's Love at first bite with George Hamilton, or Jim Carrey in Once Bitten from 1985. Lauren Hutton acted as the leading blood-sucking seductress, and he was still a newbie actor. I have yet to see Bela Lugosi in the famous Nosferatu from the 1920's, I have to confess because it feels like a sin. But Gary Oldman and Winona Ryder in Dracula (above pic from 1992) is the ultimate in fantasy Vampire movies. Long before that movie was made, I had read the book written by Bram Stoker, and had loved it! For some, the first movie about these nocturnal creatures who crave the life force of blood to retain their supernatural powers and forever ceases the aging process, can't get better than the 'Twilight' Sagas. I watched the movies AFTER I read the books. I had started to write my own Vampire novella in 2005, so not only did I want to see how the author stood in comparison, but also just because I refuse to go along with trends. So, it was pretty embarrassing when I wound up in the theater, slinking down in my seat amongst screaming tweens for 'New Moon', the second movie of the Twilight saga!
Last summer, I had a seizure. In my home, during the middle of the day, I stood up from my couch to wash dishes and dropped as I walked to my kitchen. My boys were present, and it scared all of us! Since the seizure had never occurred before, off I went to see a heart specialist. After a couple of newer tests, the diagnosis of Chronic Low-Blood Pressure, was a relief. But what exactly is it? This means that when I stand up, gravity causes more than the normal 15% of blood that a healthy person has drop, to pool below my heart. This extreme drop triggers my brain, which tells the heart to pump furiously in order to get my blood pressure regulated. The slight increase of my heart rate causes me to faint, or have a seizure, depending on how high my heart has to beat per minute. I have been struggling since I was at least 10 years old with bouts of dizziness, and fainting. I had always been a very active child, and in school the sudden fainting when I stood up from my desk didn’t seem important. They were isolated incidents and only struck every couple years or so, when I least expected it. When I was a teenager, they happened during my lunch hours from work, after I ate, but always when I stood up from a sitting position.
Earth now has the clearest images of the black hole at the center of our galaxy thanks to The MeerKAT Telescope, South Africa’s new super telescope! Originally the Karoo Array Telescope (KAT), the MeerKAT also gets its name from the small carnivorous animal that belongs to the Mongoose family populating South Africa. The observation project of galaxies, dark matter, and the cosmic web also has been gifted the name of the South African Mongoose family the Meerkat is part of: Project MHONGOOSE is a blend for MeerKAT HI Observations of Nearby Galactic Objects: Observing Southern Emitters. Whew! Scientists sure know how to shorten a mouthful, don’t they?
It was very relieving to read that all 12 Thai boys, along with their soccer coach, were successfully rescued from their harrowing ordeal being trapped in a flooded cave! Even Elon Musk went to lend a mini-sub and help work out rescue plans. The Discovery Channel is planning a documentary on the rescue of all 13 people, OPERATION THAI CAVE RESCUE. The coach and 12 boys became trapped during an on-foot exploration of Tham Luang Cave in Northern Thailand after it flooded. They were lost for 10 days until they were located. Amazingly, all were still alive and successfully rescued! The only casualty was Thai NAVY Seal who perished while setting up oxygen tanks along a rescue tunnel. When the most experienced divers lose their life, you can see why it took several more days to initiate a successful rescue. Not all the boys could swim, but each of the 13 had two divers as escort. Not to mention a blessing from a famous Buddhist Monk. In groups of four, they had to swim underwater for two miles, in sometimes murky water. A water pump, and oxygen, had been set up. They were simultaneously pumping water out of the cave, and pumping oxygen in so the 'Lost Boys' could breathe. Just as the rescue ended, the rescue teams water pump failed. Thailand's Monsoon Season had just started, and the Monsoon waters they managed to keep at bay flooded back in.
The Netflix reboot series Lost in Space hasn't received the best reviews. I have no idea why! I'm settling down to binge re-watch (yes, I am one of THOSE people!) what has become one of my favorite series. As I start the first season over, I am reminded why it blew me away upon its release in April 2018. I watched the original reruns of shows like Lost in Space, Green Acres, The Munsters, The Addams Family, Knight Rider, and The Love Boat growing up in the 1980s. Those were the best years of my childhood and I am always nostalgic for these shows! Even weekend morning cartoons were the best! Who else misses Bugs Bunny and the original Looney Tunes? You know you loved this one, too! Read on as I share my fondness for what is one of the better (remade) series that Netflix has for us...
Our human activity is why the things we figured would take a million or so years to begin, are happening right now. It is cause and effect. Yes, I am talking about global warming. Human beings have kind of hurried along the natural process of global warming. We consume everything on our planet. Being at the top of the food chain has its drawbacks. We have littered every mountain and body of water we get into. We have ripped up the land to farm and mine, for nutrition and wealth. We leave tons upon tons of our human waste everywhere. Just think of angry monkeys locked in a cage. We even make some of our hills with poop!