I haven't had as much time to surf the blogosphere as I'd like this past week; but I found several interesting posts nonetheless.
Linoge tells us about Choate's Car Rescue Tool. It's a combination window punch (to break automotive glass in an emergency), seatbelt cutter, and ice scraper - but the way it's designed makes it a very useful defensive weapon as well. Take a look and see for yourself. I was impressed.
Hugh Howey, best-selling independent self-published author, points out that in terms of the publishing industry, 'Big Publishing is the problem'. He backs up his assertion with facts and figures, too. He's certainly convinced me!
I had a lot of fun reading through the archives at the blog 'Young American Wisdom - And A Mom's Interpretation'. It's a mother's view of the childlike wisdom (?) of her kids. Some of the entries are very funny, such as her 11-year-old son's attempts to convince her to buy him a poker table. Amusing and recommended reading for all parents.
A doctor who posts at 'Musings Of A Dinosaur' discovers something called 'Energy Wataah' and debunks its claims. Ye Gods and little fishes, what will the marketing types think up next?
Dr. Grumpy discovers his patient is double- and triple-checking his diagnoses, and his wife (a school nurse) discovers that some parents will continue to drop their children and drive off, even when the school is on lockdown because an armed criminal is on the loose. I could hardly believe people could be that stupid and self-centered, but I fear her account is probably all too true.
Brock Townsend links to a fascinating series of color photographs of the Korean War, emphasizing the aircraft of the era and the ships and airfields from which they operated. Fascinating stuff for military and aviation history buffs.
C. W. Swanson brings us a photograph of the old and the new that set me thinking. He also shows what happens when a cat's eyes are too big for its stomach (and the rest of its body too!).
Rev. Donald Sensing shows us what's happened to all the young workers in America. It's a dismal picture.
Warren Meyer points out that D-Day was more important in terms of containing Soviet expansionism than it was in defeating Nazi Germany. I've believed the same thing for many years.
Ballseye's Boomers reminds us to 'Always Have a Good Story Ready'. That story's a lulu!
Wirecutter reminds us what to do if we're attacked by a pack of clowns.
Finally, Mike Miles (site frequently NSFW) brings us a moving video about a tattoo artist who specializes in restoring nipples on women who've had mastectomies and breast replacement surgery. It's a story of hope and transformation for women who've undergone life-changing and frequently very unpleasant surgery and chemotherapy. Recommended viewing for those who've had to deal with such trauma, and for anyone who might run into it in future.
That's all for this week. There won't be an 'Around The Blogs' feature next weekend, because Miss D. and I will be in Chattanooga attending and speaking at LibertyCon. I'll try to get back on track for the following weekend.