Archive for May, 2013

Dog has mastered using the toilet

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

All I can say is wow. Watch video.

To Boost Self-Control, Surround Yourself With People Who Already Have Good Self-Control: Study

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

You are the company you keep — and that applies to behaviors like self control, too, according to a new study.

Researchers found that people who struggle with temptation could improve their self-control by surrounding themselves with strong-willed people.

“What we have shown is that low self-control individuals seem to implicitly surround themselves with individuals who can help them overcome temptation — you get by with a little help from your friends,” study researcher Catherine Shea, a psychological scientist at Duke University, said in a statement.

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What Do Hidden Cameras Reveal About Humanity? Something Amazing.

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

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Cat opens refrigerator and grabs midnight snack

Monday, May 20th, 2013

A cat opens the door to the fridge and grabs a midnight snack. For more hilarious pet videos check out http://www.youtube.com/petsami

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Wilfred

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Melchior, my reincarnate Afghan hound puppy (of Baltho and then Hattie), watched the imaginative and very funny first episode of Wilfred with me last night on Netflix. It’s about a man and an imaginary dog (played by a man in a dog costume). Dog and animal lovers will love it.

Sky, our adopted Afghan, btw, slept through the whole thing, as usual. It probably would have scared him.

Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

I see that Hooters is offering free meals to any mother whose family takes her along.

I am reminded of one of the more fun outings with my own mother back in the 90s when I had Baltho. My sister Victoria Baseggio, her kids, I, and our mother were shopping at May D & F. We learned that Fabio had just been there signing posters but had left just before we arrived. We hadn’t known of his visit till then.

“Oh no, Mother you wanted to come to May D & F just for a signed poster!” I lamented.

The clerk said, “I’m so sorry but we don’t have any more posters. They were gone within an hour.”

I looked at my mom and said, “That really is too bad.”

“Are you sure you don’t have another one hidden away somewhere for my mom?” I asked. “It would certainly brighten her morning to wake up and see Fabio looking down on her with his fabulous face and body.”

I looked at my mom, who was trying to ignore me.

“I know how lonely you are. I’m sure Fabio would get your juices flowing like nothing else, except Diane yelling at the cats.”

“Yes, I imagine my saliva would be making me choke,” she said.

“Well you’d hop right out of bed and be ready to go” I said. A win-win situation, you know.”

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Don’t forget you can read more about Baltho and my family, including my mom in my book, Baltho the Dog Who Owned a Man, which is readily available on Amazon.com, as well as on my website and elsewhere. If you order directly from me, I’ll send you an inscribed and signed copy for the regular price of a paperback ($14.99): http://www.thomasrameywatson.com/editing

Meet The Horrifying Demon That Has Crept Into Our School System

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Watch enlightening video about education nowadays.

A curious phenomenon has crept into the school systems all across the world, and it’s threatening to violently derail social progress. Sir Ken Robinson brilliantly describes the death of creativity in the name of education with perhaps the driest British wit in existence. From the idea that literally everyone he knows has a serious interest in education at 1:13, to the globally recognized hierarchy of school subjects at 8:47, to the way teachers literally steer future artists and poets away from their desired fields at 11:32, Sir Robinson paints a bleak although avoidable picture of the probable future. He also drops a truth bomb about the depreciated value of education at 12:40 and relays a wonderful case study from a woman whose artistic work you’ve almost certainly seen before at 15:22. Stay tuned until 18:23 for a hopeful conclusion.

Feed Me: Simon’s Cat

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

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Interview with Temple Grandin on Autism, Death, Cows, and Celibacy

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

In your new book, “The Autistic Brain,” you seriously entertain possible links between vaccines and autism in children, links that scientists have vehemently dismissed.

Well, there’s only one vaccine that could possibly be a problem, and that’s the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine. Now that they’ve changed the vaccine, it has fewer antigens, and that would make it a lot safer. But with the old version of the vaccine, I have not yet come across a study that looked at regressives — when a child had some speech but lost it.

There has been a highly emotional battle between mothers of autistic children and the scientists who dispute their theories.
I have talked to maybe five or six of those mothers, and that’s the reason I don’t pooh-pooh it. Those mothers have all described the same things. They all have the vaccine, and then they talk about fevers and the weird wailing that started in just a few days. When I brought this up to an expert and asked, “Have you ever studied the regressive group separately?” I got silence.

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Cat saves little dog from big dog out to kill it

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

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Thomas Ramey Watson is an affiliate faculty member of Regis University's College of Professional Studies. He has served as an Episcopal chaplain (lay), trained as a psychotherapist, done postdoctoral work at Cambridge University, and was named a Research Fellow at Yale University.

In addition to his scholarly writings, he is a published author of poetry and fiction.

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