Shrimp Fishing

The Backyard Fisherman

Nearly 3 Million people live in Taipei is the capital city of Taiwan. Not an exceptionally crowded city, but like any urban dwellers, residents are left craving nature. A popular solution is  indoor shrimp fishing.

Locals and tourists catch shrimp using a small rod and line with a tiny hook baited with small pieces of meat. The regular customers pull in dozens of them, and at some indoor shrimp pools the locals even help the tourists with fishing techniques.

I’m dying to try fishing for shrimp with a rod and reel, and I may not need to travel to the far east to start honing my shrimp fishing techniques.  There are shrimp right here in the canals of Cocoa Beach.


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The WordPress Proofreader

And now for something completely different

I love the WordPress proofreader, it definitely helps my writing.  Occasionally though, I find myself clicking “Ignore suggestion”  when I’m attached to something that has been overly passively written. By me.  As I click ignore, I feel uncomfortable and ask myself  “What do you think you’re James Joyce?”  So how would the proofreader handle Joyce? Well here it is, complete with spelling errors, hidden verbs, the passive voice and link, photo and article suggestions (Who knew God had his own Wikipedia page. Do you think he ever goes in and edit’s it?)  , one of my favorite Joyce passages from Ulyses:

Why have women such eyes of witchery? Gerty’s were of the bluest Irish blue, set off by lustrous lashes and dark expressive brows. Time was when those brows were not so silkily seductive. It was Madame Vera Verity, directress of the Woman Beautiful page of the Princess Novelette, who had first advised her to try eyebrowleine which gave that haunting expression to the eyes, so becoming in leaders of fashion, and she had never regretted it. Then there was blushing scientifically cured and how to be tall increase your height and you have a beautiful face but your nose? That would suit Mrs Dignam because she had a button one. But Gerty’s crowning glory was her wealth of wonderful hair. It was dark brown with a natural wave in it. She had cut it that very morning on account of the new moon and it nestled about her pretty head in a profusion of luxuriant clusters and pared her nails too, Thursday for wealth.

English: Edy's Ice Cream delivery truck, Ann A...

English: Edy’s Ice Cream delivery truck, Ann Arbor, Michigan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And just now at Edy’s words as a telltale flush, delicate as the faintest rosebloom, crept into her cheeks she looked so lovely in her sweet girlish shyness that of a surety God‘s fair land of Ireland did not hold her equal.

Embracing Insomnia

People frequently complain about insomnia to friends online.  I suspect this is a modern phenomenon caused by our collective obsession with newfangly connecting without the constraints of, or regard for time and place. Rethinking Sleep in the New York Times (link provided so you can read it without getting out of bed, or even turning on a light.)  confirms this suspicion.  At least at the start.  The article also contradicts my suspicion that insomnia is a modern problem, or even a problem at all.

Excessive electronic devices in the bedroom are known to disrupt sleep.  For years I’ve never even had a TV in my bedroom.  But I think nothing of watching YouTube videos on my phone in the middle of the night.  And my friends who post about insomnia in the middle of the night most likely roll over and pick up their phones to share their struggle.

Yet waking in the middle of the night was expected hundreds of years ago.  It was standard to have both a first and second sleep.  People would even plan things like study and reflection for the time between sleeps.  A search of the term ‘first sleep’  on finds it used as early as 1409 in the book The Percornne of Ser Giovanni on page 85.  You’d be surprised at the adventure a priest has between his first and second sleep.

Segmented sleep may be natural for humans.   Perhaps planning on some awake time in the middle of the night can remove some of the stress we feel when faced with insomnia.  And making ourselves inaccessible by turning off our phones during planned sleep should equally help.

Beginning Golf

Grand Cayman Golf

Grand Cayman Golf (Photo credit: Fevi Yu)

I love having realistic goals. This article for beginner golfers sets an easy goal of playing double par golf.  The key though is the end of the post under the heading  ‘Count Every Shot’:

 “Give yourself a chance to beat your score the next round”

The blog title is How to Break 100 but that goal is broken into smaller obtainable goals,  starting with shooting double par golf.  Keeping these smaller goals obtainable assures success.

Falcon 9 Rocket Launch

Falcon 9 over Cocoa Beach

Space X launched the Falcon 9 from Kennedy Space Center tonight.  This was the first commercial launch to the  International Space Station . Space X is a private company hired by NASA to resupply the space station.  It was founded by Elon Musk who also founded Pay Pal and Tesla Motors.

The Falcon 9 is an unmanned rocket is carrying the Dragon capsule.  The cargo is about 1000 pounds of supplies.  Space X test flights have all been very impressive.  Their rockets fly noticeably straight.  It’s exciting to start to see the benefits of commercializing space flight actualize, or should I say, take flight.  Tonight a new industry was born.