Friday, September 13, 2019

The Round Two Weekly Link Round-Up

I can see why there are certain things that doctors may not choose to tell us. If they did, chances are pretty good that many people would have the "Why do it if it's only going to happen again?" attitude. I have to admit that I would probably fall into this category a few times myself. But not when it comes to my eyesight.

During my annual eye exam, my doctor told me that I was developing secondary cataracts. A whopping 50% of the population does. So... I will be facing cataract surgery again sometime in the future. The good news is that the pesky things don't come back a third time.

Am I bothered about this news? A little bit. Unlike many other people, I already knew that there was a chance that something like this would happen, and-- with my luck-- I knew I'd probably be one of them. But since I'm now familiar with the procedure, it's not going to be a big deal when it's time to go through it again.

*sigh* It sure would be nice if I had some good luck once in a while, though!

And on that note, I'm going to mosey on out to the corral. Head 'em up! Moooove 'em out!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • A record haul of elephant ivory was seized in Singapore, and with the addition of pangolin scales, it was worth over $66 million in total.
  • Unhatched bird embryos communicate with their siblings by vibrating their shells. 
  • Beehive "fences" protect farms from elephants and elephants from firebombing farmers.
  • These amazing photos reveal the hidden light of undersea life.
  • To protect wildlife, national park rangers are using an unusual tool: radar guns.
  • A mother elephant uprooted a transformer in Andhra, India, one day after her calf dies of electrocution.
  • A pair of empty-nester loons adopt a Mallard chick in northern Wisconsin.
  • Elephants are now being hunted for their skin, which is being turned into "ruby"-like jewelry.

►Fascinating Folk◄
  • The best of Butch's Wild Bunch: how the real outlaws who rode and robbed from Montana to Bolivia became cinema heroes.
  • Janaki Ammal, the pioneering female botanist who sweetened a nation and saved a valley. 
  • Inspector Morse composer Barrington Pheloung (one of my favorites) has died. How many of you know that Pheloung used Morse code in his theme for the TV series?
  • H.R. Giger and Bolaji Badejo brought to life the ultimate alien costume.
  • Why John Dillinger's relatives want to exhume his body.

►The Happy Wanderer◄

►I ♥ Lists◄

That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.

Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!


  1. Cathy - I am in the process of moving and have a collection of 40+ hardback (some signed) books by author Bill Pronzini. Do you have any info on where I could go to sell them? (I already tried Poisoned Pen. Love your blog!

    1. Selling books is a pretty dicey situation, and I've never quite learned the ins and outs of it. Selling your books at someplace like Bookman's will only net you pennies per book. The same online. The only thing I can advise is to do your research. Check to see how much money signed Pronzini books are fetching these days. That way you would know how much to ask when you try to sell them. There may also be some physical bookstores in town that can help you. Good luck! (And thanks so much for your kind words about my blog!)

  2. Sorry to hear about your cataract news, Cathy. Fortunately, it's a pretty straightforward procedure, and I hope it'll be smooth sailing when you get to that point. In the meantime, news about an ancient neolithic people in Egypt? That's the link that calls to me...

  3. So sorry about having to have eye surgery again, Cathy. However, hopefully this time will be easier and as you said, you know what to expect.

    I think our mystery group will be reading Delia Owens' Crawdad book next spring. I read the article with great interest, though I don't think I'll point it out to the group members because of spoilers. And I have 'opinions' about libraries and e-books and publishers...guess which side I am on...ha!

    1. You? Have an opinion about the whole library/eBook/publishers mess? Nah! *wink*

  4. Good luck on your eye surgery. At least you know what to expect and how to prepare for it. And you can hear audio books and maybe old classic movies you knoow well. Did you do that last time?
    By the way, I'm having trouble reading the smaller font here.
    Can I make the font larger? I don't want to miss a thing.

    1. I tried audiobooks. Again. And the only thing they do is put me to sleep quickly.

      You should be able to enlarge everything through your browser window settings. I have Firefox and Chrome on my computer, and they both allow you to change the size through the "Zoom" setting. Hope this helps. (I don't want you to miss anything either, but I'm not having any luck trying to change the size on my blog template.)

  5. I don't have problems with the font for news and other blogs. And I don't know how to change size for only this blog.

    1. I've tinkered around with it. Again. It appears to have been successful this time, but now it may be too big. Let me know what you think.

  6. Thank you so much for doing that. It is a bit bigger than the usual font so I'm holding it further away.
    Isn't aging fun?

    1. Oh, aging is a blast, that's for sure! I've tinkered with it again because I thought it was too big. Hopefully, you can still read it easily.

  7. Yes, it is better. Thanks. My pupils are enlarging and contracting as I'm reading. So weird. What we have to put up with getting older. Who knew?
    Hope all goes well with your eye surgery.
    Joy Behar, comedian on TV, had cataract surgery and was knocked out for it. I wrote down the name of her eye doctor in case I have to have this done. He probably doesn't take Medicare though!


Thank you for taking the time to make a comment. I really appreciate it!