Thursday, March 21, 2024

A Something Weird Weekly Link Round-Up


The time is fast approaching when Daisy and Suzanne will be here, and I'm trying to succeed in two totally different objectives: (1) get everything ready for them, and (2) rest up so I have some energy while they're here. 

The only thing I want to mention is that something weird has been going on around here.  For almost a month, I couldn't use the remote to get to the streaming home page on our television. I was doing everything exactly the same as I always had, but I simply could not get on that blasted Roku home page. Denis was not amused every time I asked him to navigate to that page. He was convinced that I'd suddenly lost my mind and had forgotten how to do it.

I knew that-- although my grasp on my marbles is loose sometimes, I had not lost them. Something weird was definitely going on!

Well, guess what? During this last week-- all of a sudden-- I can use the very same remote, using the very same buttons in the very same order, to get anywhere I want to on that TV. Do you have any idea what happened? Any thoughts would be appreciated because I'm stumped!

Have a great weekend, and enjoy the links!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
►Book Banning & Censorship◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
►Channeling My Inner Elly May Clampett◄
  • Hidden DNA found in blue whales reveals they've been mating with other species-- and their hybrid offspring.
  • A study suggests that clownfish can "count" stripes on other fish to identify intruders.
  • Smithsonian scientists discover a new species of hedgehogs hiding in plain sight.
  • The dugong, a huggable, seagrass-loving sea cow, has a new best friend: drones.
  • A study suggests that air pollution makes flowers smell less appealing to pollinators. (Makes sense to me.)
  • According to a U.N. report, Earth's migratory animals are in peril.
  • Two squirrels released into the wild come back often to visit their rescuer.
  • Great apes love to tease, poke, and pester, suggesting that the urge to annoy is millions of years old.
►The Wanderer◄
►Fascinating Folk◄
►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.

No matter how busy you may be, don't forget that quality Me Time curled up with a good book!


  1. Glad you got Roku back and can stream to your heart's content. When you wrote "weird," I thought of the time when two weird guys were skulking around, but haven't heard of them again. Well, lots of links to follow.

  2. Oh, that is weird, Cathy, about the remote! I know I've had other tech things like that that suddenly didn't and then did work. Gremlins perhaps? Maybe I'll find the answers at that abbey I'm going to visit. OK, maybe not, but I'm still gonna visit! Have a good weekend.

  3. Isn't that so frustrating with your remote? I do think I might have read something about Roku having some issues, but I don't remember what the issues were. We don't have Roku. Glad it's back to working as per normal. LOL

    1. I have a friend who had a similar problem. It involved software updates to his TV. I think that's what happened here, although it doesn't explain all the weirdness here.

  4. I hate when technology fritzes like that. I never know why it happens...I'm just glad when it starts working again. I'm sure it wasn't you!

  5. I'm like the other commenters in not having any ides what might have caused the issues with your remote, because I don't have Roku either. Hoping for your sake that it was a one-time problem!

    Once again, I appreciate the banned books illustration you've chosen:). Now I'm going to start finding out about Basque, and then visit Paris (of course!).

  6. I think I need to get a tee shirt like the young girl is wearing. There is little more offensive (and counter-productive) than banning books. And it snowballs from being ridiculous to absolutely absurd. I hope that people really think about the politicians they are voting into office.,

    1. I hope they do, too. There is so much at stake in this election.

  7. There is a lot at stake in the upcoming election, I"ll agree, but to my mind there is a lot to be angry about at the current administration, too, in addition to the obvious potential crises with the prior one.


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