Happy Friendship Day – 2016

Today is Friendship Day in the United States and research has shown that having friends, and perhaps one or two very good friends, can increase one’s outlook as well as longevity. To help celebrate Friendship Day, I thought JBRish readers might enjoy this brief video of two women who have been friends for nearly a century.

Friendship Day Bonus Quotes

“Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“The capacity for friendship is God’s way of apologizing for our families.” – Jay McInerney



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Video – Bell the Cat

Cat videos have surely taken on a life of their own on the Internet and the segment below shows one reason why. The video is simplicity itself, but it is entertaining and somewhat captivating. I have one suggestion below the video. I hope you find this as interesting as I did.

Notes From the Video – Pavlov’s Humans: Adorable video shows cats ‘training scientist’ to bring them food every time they ring a bell

NOTE – I wonder what would have happened if ringing the “other cat’s bell” would have yielded more treats? Would they have learned to ring only the other bell?

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Video: Train of Thought – Not!

This is a slow motion video of an Amtrak Train coming into a station that has snow-covered tracks. Prior to starting this film, I understood that when the train entered the area where the snow was on the tracks that it would be thrown hither and yon or helter skelter; take your pick.

I am not sure why a couple of people close to the camera’s POV refused to move until it was too late. What were they thinking? What was their train of thought?

Credit where credit is due – I first saw this video on Petapixel at this link Slow-Motion: Amtrak Train vs. Snow

Video – A Wow Fact About Sorting Cards!

When considering a standard deck of 52 cards, take a guess at the number of ways this deck of cards is able to be “arranged” or “sorted” by shuffling them. Pick a number!

OK, I don’t believe you picked one that is large enough, but let’s proceed!

You may find this hard to believe, but the video claims that the number is larger than all of the atoms on earth.

** Here is the number written out in scientific notation:


** Here is the number written in the customary way (should have 67 zeros, but the picture doesn’t show all)


The TED video below explains it more precisely. It isn’t too complicated and I think you will be amazed.

** These were screen shots taken from the TED video referenced above!

GatorZilla – Giant Alligator Roams in Florida

Let’s face it, alligators look prehistoric. I am sure many people who have seen an alligator in its natural habitat has thought about the reptile-prehistoric animal link. They naturally look like something out of a monster movie. Of course they are not quite the same size as Godzilla was rendered to be, but there is one alligator in Florida that is pretty big. I mean this one is much bigger than most gators!

Watch the video below to see whether or not you agree that this gator is a relative of Godzilla; there is a family resemblance IMHO.

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Video – A Dog Loves Her Pups

“Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.” ― Mark Twain

Every animal is driven by basic needs. It is difficult to overcome these requirements. Thirst is perhaps the greatest, but I am sure hunger is right up there with it. The video below demonstrates how a mother dog’s love for her brood can overcome her biological urge to eat in favor of feeding her young. I think you will find this an interesting look into animal psychology.

From the YouTube Video Page:

“This mother dog was begging for the grilled chicken for the second time. The first time she held it in her mouth and ran away. I decided to follow her to where she was going and discovered that she was taking it to her litter of puppies..”

Spy Camera & Monkey Death – BBC Series

I think most people who watch any substantial amount of television would agree that the BBC produces some of the best shows available. I especially enjoy their nature exposés. They have a new series, Spy in the Wild, which is designed to give viewers a “close up” view of life among a variety of groups of animals.

This intimate look into the lives of these creatures is made possible by the new technology available through very small and very good cameras as well the craftsmanship of those who build the robotic animals that, for the most part, seem to pass for the real thing among their fellow tribe members.

In the video below, Langur monkeys appear to genuinely grieve over the death of the artificial monkey. It is sad, poignant and thought provoking. We are reminded how similar we are to these animals.

Video – Bird Frozen to Fence Saved by Warm Breath

I have an affinity for birds. I think they are magical, beautiful and graceful creatures. I have documented some of my attempts to photograph and/or identify the birds that I see during my travels.

The video below captures one man helping a finch that had become frozen onto a nearby steel fence. As you watch the video, notice how he massages the feet of the bird, then uses his breath to “defrost” the area around the bird’s feet and finally releases the bird. Who knows what might have happened to the bird under these circumstances if it was not released in such a kind way?. This was one lucky and happy bird.

Here is the note from the YouTube Video page:

Published on Jan 1, 2017

Rescue of bird frozen to fence.

While feeding my horses on New Year’s morning I noticed a solitary finch perched upon the steel fence near the water tank. The tank is heated to keep it from freezing. It is not uncommon for birds to drink from the heated tank. Apparently this unfortunate bird had gotten its feet wet and, while making its exit, had become frozen to the fence in the prevailing near zero Idaho temperatures. First, I attempted to warm the feet of the frightened bird by pressing my palm against both the fence and the birds feet, while also gently restraining the bird’s flapping wings. It then seemed that warming the birds feet with my warm breath would bring quicker success. Gentle sideways motion with my thumb brought freedom for the frightened bird and a smile of satisfaction to my face… a delightful way to start a new year.


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Video – Now that is Entertainment

When I consider my life experience, I have to appreciate that I was born at a most advantageous time. I am not going to wax philosophical here about economic outlooks, moral changes or political shifts. What I am referring to is the plethora of creative inventions/options that have been brought forth during my lifetime. There are more ways for people to express their creativity than ever before.

The first movies I saw as a child were not even in movie theaters. They were in an open field on temporary benches broadcast on a makeshift screen. If it rained, no movie. In some cases the movies weren’t even black and white. They were sepia toned. One film was blue and white; now that was weird!

Today’s creators have so much power under their control and with the burgeoning field of computer-generated imagery (CGI) rolling full speed ahead, the consumers of entertainment have much to anticipate and should be excited.

Let’s not forget, however, some of the mesmerizing effects of legacy processes like the Phenakistoscope, Zoetrope, the flip book, etc. In their day, they were entertainment.

In the video below, L’illusion de Joseph, Pask D’Amico creates a most mesmerizing piece of entertainment based on a modernization of old school techniques. I found these particularly alluring, but I have to confess, I am also a sucker for Kaleidoscopes, which may seem like a non sequitur, but watch the short film and you will get what I mean. You are going to like this; I can almost guarantee it!

Oh, did I say that the music is captivating too?

L'illusion de Joseph from Mr.Klesha animation on Vimeo.