Saturday, December 10, 2011
Genius or Ridiculous? Cat Ears That Move From Brain Waves
Sat, December 10, 2011 | link
As an animal lover/rescuer, I am always looking for new products to help them, to entertain them, to feed to them. I am
also always interested in anything in the pet's products' category--but this item may just take the "cake!"
(Neco-MeMe) Have you heard of them yet? They were featured in the Nov. 28, 2011 issue of TIME Magazine in the section, "The 50 Best Inventions Of The Year." My question is, do they
really belong in that category??
From TIME..."Japanese fashion electronics company Neurowear has developed Necomimi, a wearable set of cat ears that you can move with your mind to express emotions via sensors that detect signals from the
brain. Here’s a rough translation of the product description from their website:
new human’s organs that use brain wave sensor.
“Necomimi” is the new communication tool
augments human’s body and ability.
This cat’s ear shaped machine utilizes brain waves
your condition before you start talking.
Just put on “necomimi” and if you are concentrated on...
This cat’s ear shaped machine will rise.
When you are relaxed, your new ears lie down."
Click Here to watch the video!
(More From PhysOrg.com) -- In a bit of science mixed with whimsy, a Japanese company has created a set of electromechanical cat ears that can be
worn on the human head and manipulated with nothing but the mind. Called the necomimi (a combination of the Japanese words
for cat and ear) and looking very much like the ears that come with a cat costume, the ears respond to thoughts or mood by
means of a sensor on a second small band pressed against the forehead; they can stand straight up when the wearer is concentrating,
or wriggle and turn slightly when amused, or lay flat when tired or bored, demonstrating what the company calls, an ability
to reveal emotion.
Well, is it worth it? I found it definitely interesting but a bit on the bizarre
side! But, what if--just what if--this technology could be translated to use brain waves for paralyzed people and pets to
move their limbs? Wouldn't that be a miracle!
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Friday, December 9, 2011
Cute baby dog, Baby, Mending But Needs Prayers
Fri, December 9, 2011 | link
Poor baby Baby wasn't feeling so well yesterday!
We don't know if she ate an acorn or what happened but after Karo syrup, a long night of feeding her charcoal (capsules opened
in water/syringe it in), she finally started to drink a little bit of chicken broth, that I always keep frozen (no salt) in
the freezer and defrost just for situations like this! Today, she ate some Hill's a/d
--the best kept secret to saving animals!
to Rescue Ranch angels, we have an Alphasonic
Unit. so I've been treating her back and she walked part of the property with me today--as long as I was near enough to protect
her. (Sick or injured animals instinctively know to do that.) She is snuggled up with her adopt-a-horsie, sent to us by Long Meadow Rescue Ranch
, a story about their "Barn Buddies" program that I am working on right now.That little horse was really a blessing
More photos later--and the promised
photo of Miss Precious--in clothes! That was a big development, given she was such a feral dog when she came in with a ruptured
eyeball. Two operations and two years later, she is a fashion diva--well, almost!
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I Am Looking For (A) Writing Assignments
Fri, December 9, 2011 | link
I have written for newspapers and magazines for more than twelve years. I have written my Houston Chronicle blog for over
three years--and have plenty of writing, proof-reading, creative and editing experience. I use the internet--email, IM, chat,
Fed Ex, scanner, fax, etc.
If you can use a very seasoned--and creative--writer, who adores animals, loves
words, and is willing to/works 'round the clock/no deadline rattles me, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Note: I am only interested in assignments--on which I can work from home--and only as a contractor.)
I can write articles;
work on marketing and PR materials; maintain or update corporate or organizational blogs (love working on them); corporate
materials; speeches; executive presentations; bios; mission statements; letters; Google/search engine word campaigns (researching,
designing and maintaining/monitoring them) and more. Please email me with your ideas/needs.
What I do with words is
really an art--and I would love to share my talent with you/your company. (I would appreciate it if you would please pass
Thank you kindly. Jane
Easy See-for-Yourself Writing Samples:
Houston Chron Blog/Three Year Archive: www.chron.com/fromunderthebridge
Amazon Will Increase Gift to 6 Percent IF...
Fri, December 9, 2011 | link
Currently, we are a new Amazon affiliate. So far, we have a credit of $1.98 for the month, based on 4 percent of sales. I do so appreciate whoever has ordered through
our Amazon Affiliates' Link so far! BUT BUT BUT we need to increase the number of people ordering this weekend by just a couple--and Amazon will increase
their gift to 6 percent per sale year 'round!
PLEASE if you have any holiday shopping left, please use our Amazon Affiliates' Link: Click Here. It will take you right to their home site but it is programmed so that the Rescue Ranch will get the credits. The
Rescue Ranch website's Shop Amazon page will be up all the time, so please get in the habit of using it. (Due to circumstances out of my control, that
only God Himself could manifest (story for another time), I need to find a way to support a ranch of special needs animals--and
Again, just Click Here to buy through our Amazon Affiliates' Link. If you are searching for an item, you can even pick the category and then type in "free shipping" into their search
box to first puruse what could be good deals. (Just a little tip I've learned...)
PS If I know
you, and you would rather have the direct Associates Link to forward to your contacts list with a note, please email me: email@example.com and I will send the actual
URL to you.
PPS Of course, you don't need to use Amazon's Associate Link to help the Rescue Ranch. You can give directly online or via mail to help the very many special needs animals who need so
It is impossible for me to do this alone.
I pray every day for our "Rescue Ranch Angels"--and
truly believe that every opportunity to give is really an opportunity for our own lives to be blessed. I may not be able to
give financially right now--my burden is greater than you could imagine or that I may ever talk about--but I can tell you,
that I live by this premise--and would give everything and anything that I can from my home and heart to anyone who needed
it--from animals to people. Right now, we need to ask for help for the Rescue Ranch animals. Please Click Here to go to our Give Now page.
Thank you so kindly! I wish you all of God's blessings in your life. He dreams bigger dreams for us than we can dream
for ourselves--we just have to have the faith to wait for them to come true. (I'm holding on to His "pinkie"...and
will never let go! I've learned to look beyond the immediate circumstances--no matter how bleak--and just hold on to pure
faith. Some times, that is all I have to hold on to! I cannot wait until Our Dream comes true...) On that day, all of the Glory will go to Him!
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah (we have some dogs
who were with Jewish families before they were surrendered so we acknowledge both holidays even though we are Christian).
We love you all and love hearing from you all about your fur babies!
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Chron Blog Fixed (I Hope): Try To Read Stories Now
Thu, December 8, 2011 | link
OK I think it is fixed. Thankfully, the three years of archives were untouched. I just had to redo five new stories! Whew!
Dinner time now--for me, Mike and the dogs!
Will write more later.
My Oops! on New Chron Blog
Thu, December 8, 2011 | link
I've gotten frustrated emails from my readers that you can open part of a story--or none of it--and then get an error message.
Since the Houston Chron's platform change is still a work in transition, I thought maybe they were still having little "burbs."
But, after they had the tech team work on my blog yesterday, it looks like the error was mine--oops!
I am learning a
new software to write the new blog--and once it is published, I can't change the URLs! I didn't know that. If I published
a story and thought I could write a nicer looking URL, I was just changing it and hitting the "update" key--but
the story was getting messed up!!
Sooooo, I am in the middle of reposting/fixing my new blog stories--blog.chron.com/fromunderthebridge. I've already gotten two comments--love them!! and they are posted now--just not sure where. Also am working on getting
a blog roll up on the new site and some other surprises, hopefully video.
People have asked for our paypal address,
too, for Christmas Gifts: It is firstname.lastname@example.org We are in more need that I'll ever tell...
Thank you so
much for being patient during this transition. I'll have my granola story probably by tomorrow morning. Today is filled...
Jane and the Rescue Ranch Herd
PS I have The best photo of Precious for you for next time--you won't
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Easy Tips To FInding My Houston Chron Blog
Wed, December 7, 2011 | link
The Chron.com site is still a work in progress after a mandated platform change back in August. Soon, I hope that
you'll be able to just click on the name of my blog and/or Mebbie's pretty face (the Saint who is the mascot of the blog).
I will let you know as soon as those links are fixed.
Until then, there are FOUR ways to find/read my Houston Chron
blog, which is named "From Under the Bridge"--after another Saint named Bruce, who was found nearly dead, covered
in garbage, lying under a bridge in the Dallas area. A nurse and her family rescued him from under the bridge--literally--and
I thought it was a perfect example of homeless animals' plight as well as what a real rescuer will go through to save an animal.
(I'll republish the full story soon on my new blog site soon. Three years ago, it was one of the first stories on my blog,
"How This Blog Got It's Name").
(Yesterday, if you missed it, I wrote a post about how my Mike became a rescuer
(by default!) so if you missed that story, please catch up. He is so shy about his rescue work but really deserves a whole
lot of credit!)
Here are the four ways (so far) that you can find my new blog page:
You can keep this URL: blog.chron.com/fromunderthebridge (you may need a http:// before the word "blog") and paste it into a blank window of a browser. It will
take you right to my new blog landing page--where you will see Mebbie's face, the name of my blog, recent stories and at the
bottom left, a brief bio. You can always click through to the blog, on this page as well, using this link--and it will
always take you to the most recent story first.
2. You can go to the home page of the Houston Chronicle online,
www.chron.com and look for the BLOGS Section and then "Select a Blog" DROP-DOWN
MENU on the LEFT SIDE of the home page/midway down the page. The blogs are listed alphabetically--so when you see
"From Under the Bridge," click on it and then click the "GO" button and you will be taken to my
new home page! (see the lower middle section of the screen shot below).
3. The third way you can find the stories on my Houston Chronicle blog is through my facebook pages. I will post a
link to new stories on the new and old fb pages (hopefully every day) so you can be reminded that there is a new story and
can click on that link. Since the first facebook page is full--although there is an occasional opening--it is mostly for "hard
core" rescuers, crossposting animals/trying to save lives, etc. www.facebook.com/rescuevolunteer.
You can easily check for new posts/updates on my new fan page, that has unlimited membership, with has less limitations--and
less critical animal posts and more helpful information, general and Rescue Ranch stories, etc.--a little lighter "fare"
than the other page-www.facebook.com/rescuevolunteerfromrescueranch.
4. You may be able to read both pages since I have made them both publicly available but if you are not a facebook
member, you may not be able to. At the very least, you cannot leave comments. Sooooo, I also have a Facebook/Twitter page set up on this Rescue Ranch site to make it easy for you to catch up on the posts that are on the "rrfromrr"
facebook site (is that too hard to understand?) AND you can click on any Houston Chron blog links from there.
gives more exposure to pages with more readers/comments/"likes", etc. so I would appreciate it if you would "SHARE"
my page URLs with your friends and contacts--both for facebook, the Chron and of course this blog.
To make it easy, you can just click on the "Recommend this Site" button at the bottom of this page or copy
the URLs and post them into an email or on your facebook page. I would like to reach all of my readers again--we did such
amazing things together--but need a little help doing that. After so long trying to figure out what happened on the Chron
site, many of them just gave up. We need to let them know that the community is still here--and we need them to join us again.
Hope this helps! Thanks for caring!
use our Amazon Affiliates Link to do your shopping--CLICK HERE--you can finish your holiday shopping and then use it year 'round when you want to order something on Amazon. They will give
us 4 percent of total sales as a credit to use on their site for things the animals need, so why not let them do the giving,
too!? We would be so grateful if you could share this post/website in general as well so others can do their shopping and
help the Rescue Ranch at the same time! The total of our credit from Amazon is posted at the top of this page. We need a whole
lot more help than that to keep the RR going...!
Our beloved Mebs, is the mascot of, "From Under