Captivated by Fringe

This came out of nowhere. Trust me, I’m just as surprised as you are.

But here it is: I can’t stop watching Fringe.

Captivated by Fringe

It’s especially crazy because I was quite happy with my Fall Lineup Five. In fact, I don’t really have time for much more than that.

And yet…


It all started last autumn when a friend mentioned she was going to be in my town for the day as an extra in Fringe.

Up until this point I don’t believe I had heard of it before. Or at least hadn’t noticed it before. But I thought that was a pretty cool thing, to be an extra in a show.

Then one Friday night the show came on after a show I was watching. (I do actually watch live TV from time to time. I know, crazy!) Despite being a crazy sci-fi show (and being home alone) I found the intro captivating. I kept watching. By the end I decided I shouldn’t go to sleep yet.

It was my first taste. It was intense and scary. And, I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

Then someone lent me Season One.

And…I suddenly have writer’s block.

Because I’m up all night watching Fringe.

It’s really awesome.

Dried Out Pruny Skin

My investigation du jour began in order to discover just why it is my fingers and toes get all wrinkly when I’m in water for an extended amount of time.

I call it pruny skin

It’s a little bit interesting. Here’s my summary.

Basically, the outermost layer of skin is made up of cells and those cells are held together by a protein called keratin.

The protein is just one of the layers making up the epidermis, but I don’t care about the details. The point is, keratin absorbs water as often as it can, but the other layers do not.

So there’s swelling and resistance and stuff. Hence the wrinkles.

But why specifically the hands and feet? Well that’s where the skin’s the thickest so the wrinkles are the most pronounced.

Fascinating.

This whole learning/science experience led to another question though: does water dry out your skin?

The easy answer is yes. While you’re in water your body is hydrated, but once you get out it’s left drier than before the bath. But don’t lose hope.

If you add bath oil to your hot soapy bath water, your skin will retain much of the moisture it absorbs in the bath.

Neat, huh?

Now to find out what sort of oil these articles are referring to…

Alligator vs. Crocodile

Alligator vs. crocodile. Who would win?

Alligator versus Crocodile

We all want to know. In a battle of alligator vs. crocodile who reigns supreme?

One of the most interesting things I learned from the epic battle between the cat and the alligator was that alligators basically only live in the southeast of the United States. I didn’t know that!

The second-most interesting thing I learned was that there is one place in southern Florida where alligators and crocodiles live side by side. It wasn’t relevant before but it is now. They shouldn’t be able to live side by side because alligators stick to freshwater and crocodiles to seawater. So, what’s the dealio?

Brace yourself

Actually both species can live in either aquatic environment. It’s just that alligators prefer to live in freshwater and crocs to seawater.

Thing I learned #3!

Here are the main distinguishing factors between alligators and crocodiles

  • Crocodiles have a giant protruding (fourth?) tooth, while alligators do not
  • Alligators are much darker in colour than crocodiles
  • Crocodiles are found worldwide (well, throughout the tropics)
  • Alligators have a wide “U-shaped” mouth, while crocodiles have a thin “V-shaped mouth.” This makes the alligator’s bite super strong (nay, invincible) and the crocodile’s bite just so-so
  • When threatened, crocodiles are more apt to attack, while alligators prefer to retreat to safety
  • Crocs are just plain bigger than gators

There are more differences but I think that’s the gist. Honestly, if you’re in a situation where you encounter an alligator or, wait…maybe it’s a crocodile? You probably won’t take the time to check whether his snout is more “U” than “V” and you definitely won’t do a colour comparison. You are running like crazy to get the heck out of there, and that’s all you’re doing.

But for arguments sake, and whatever, here’s a general rule of thumb. If you encounter a weird scary massive lizardy-thing and you’re in North America, chances are you’ve stumbled upon an alligator. This is because in the U.S. there are 1.5 million alligators and only 1,000 crocodiles.

Even I can do that math.

And if you’re anywhere else in the world and you see a creepy massive dinosaur thingy hurling itself at you, it’s probably a crocodile and you should move your hiney.

In either case, get away from the gross massive lizardy thing. Their teeth are an army of spears, which skewer their food for them so well they don’t even bother chewing.

So, who would win in a battle to the death of alligator vs. crocodile?

Pin it! Alligator vs. crocodile

Alligator vs. crocodile. Who would win? One of the most interesting things I learned from the epic battle between the cat and the alligator was that alligators basically only live in the southeast of the United States. I didn’t know that!  The second-most interesting thing I learned was that there is one place in southern Florida where alligators and crocodiles live side by side. It wasn’t relevant before but it is now. They shouldn’t be able to live side by side because alligators stick to freshwater and crocodiles to seawater. So, what’s the dealio?  BRACE YOURSELF Actually both species can live in either aquatic environment. It’s just that alligators prefer to live in freshwater and crocs to seawater.  Thing I learned #3!

Winner of the Moosey-Hat Contest

Here is the moment you’ve all been waiting for. The big winner of the Moosey-Hat Contest Giveaway!

I promise you so hard I did this completely legitimately.

Honest! And I took screen shots and did not alter them. OK. I altered the third one. But only a little.

My main challenge was the hour I chose to crunch the numbers. It was late so I had to check three times, staring at the numbers to make sure I did it right. (Math is not my strong suit)

Here’s what happened:

  1. First of all, I took all the entries and combined them from Blogger entries and Facebook entries
  2. Then, I took down the date and time of the entry
  3. Then, I spreadsheet-sorted first by date, then by time

List of Entries

After listing the entries properly I then visited the True Random Number Generator and punched in Min 1 and Max 16, because even though it looks like Julia is entry #17 she’s actually #16 because the headings are in row #1.

Good thing I double checked my work.

So, what did the True Random Number Generator find?

Entry #8 is the WINNER!

Entry #8!

And if we look at the spreadsheet correctly, we find the winner is… MIKE!!!

It was a really good poem. You deserve the hat, definitely.

Congratulations!

Here is the tricky math part

Honestly I didn’t know how the contest would go, but it was so much fun to create something and see how many varied and creative/hilarious entries there were. I’m very much looking forward to the next contest.

Maybe next month?

Thanks to everyone who entered (and even you who just thought about it, you can enter next time). You made this whole event so much fun!

New Poll Options & Voting Day 12

Stats after Day 12 of Voting

The big news for Day 12 is I’ve made an executive decision and removed three options from the poll:

  • Cash: 3 votes
  • Knitting: 3 votes
  • Vlogs: 3 votes

This is because of the low number of votes and because two new options received four votes each in the “Other” category, thus promoting them to the official poll:

Don’t want the poll getting too crowded. Can’t have too many choices.

Now, I have my doubts about these new categories scoring very well, since there are really only 11 or 12 days of voting left, but who knows. As we’ve learned from The Canadian Moose, if you campaign, they will vote.

I will also mention I’ve “caught the poll up” to the proper number of votes for the categories added from the “Other” category: The Canadian Moose, Conversing with Strangers, Tourist Attractions in the Fraser Valley, and The Canadian Beaver. Basically, I added four votes to each of those options so I don’t have to do math anymore.

It was getting stressful.