Thirsty? Here, drink this book.

Thirsty? Here, drink this book..  Providing one solution to poverty and disease the drinkable book informs people how to look after their water.  You can then roll up the page, and use its cheap nano technology to filter your water to clean.



How to Choose the Perfect Shelter Dog for You


1. Lay aside all prejudices – shelters have great dogs, of all types. They even have purebreeds if that’s what you prefer. The mixed breeds you will see are often mainly defined as a particular breed – despite the dachunds with long legs you’ll come across – so it’s possible to generalise a little about the dogs you will see. Remember also that mixed breeds often lack the genetic problems associated with pure breeds.

2. Another point about shelters: you can trust that dogs in the shelters are well treated: the dog you buy from a non-reputable breeder or even from a big pet shop may have come from a puppy mill, and the conditions in a puppy mill are often similar to those on a battery chicken farm. So that’s another good reason to choose a shelter dog.

3. Look around. There are loads of good shelters near you – or further away. Have a look at the many dogs online – is there one that sounds like it might be good for you? But don’t forget there will be lots of dogs at the shelters not online – they might be in intake, waiting for spay neuter, or foster or even sick at the moment.

4. Go through the shelter and have a quick look round. Do look at the dogs who don’t immediately run up to you and wag their tail. stock-photo-11035054-old-sad-dog

Your perfect dog may not like being in a shelter: it changes their personality. Even the dog who is barking at you or running to the back of the cage may be the one who will be your perfect match once he or she gets home.

5.  Have a good look at a few dogs. Ask to get to know your favorites – and don’t be hurt if one of your favorites clearly prefers the staffmember who is with you. They may have known them a lot longer and been bribed with donuts on a daily basis.

Let your dog smell your hand, don’t stare into its eyes, and if he or she responds try gently stroking him. Ask the adoption counselor if you can give them a piece of the good treats (chicken?) you brought with you.

6.  Ask for their past history. Do you need a dog that will get along with children, other dogs, cats? Are they good with all types of people? Will you be home all day? Do you need a quiet dog that will sleep when you are out – a senior will be good. Aim to abandon your stereotypes again: pitbulls can be sweet dogs and greyhounds are usually couch potatoes. A fragile puppy or toy dog may not be the best bet if you have a large active family, but that large Alsatian? Perfect.



7. Take them for a little walk. Don’t worry if they pull if you have the patience to train that out of them, If you want a dog that walks well on a leash a puppy or a high energy dog like a Collie is probably a bad idea. If you don’t have a lot of time, a big strong dog is not for you – and if you don’t have a yard a smaller dog like a Chihuahua or a terrier might be a good idea.

So – what do you think? Remember for every dog someone adopts another dog is saved, as you’ve freed up a place. Somewhere, the perfect shelter dog – and your best friend – is waiting for you.


Infographic: Guess the World’s Most Popular Beer (You’re likely WRONG!!)

Only best beer infographic ever: and, you’ll never guess the world’s best selling beer.

Beer & Whiskey Brothers

The fine folks over at Finances Online have pumped out another interesting beer-related infographic, this one featuring a world traveler (let’s call him “Steve”) who trots around the globe discovering which countries drink the most beer, which countries pay the most (and least) for a beer, and which country spends the most on beer per-person (hint: they travel in fried out combi’s on a hippie trail with heads full of zombie).

At the end of the infographic they even share the world’s most popular beer, which I wouldn’t have guessed if you gave me 100 tries. Interesting!  Worldly!  Easy to cut and paste and create a post! 

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The Eroticism of Placelessness

Just the most beautiful article, with references to sexual alienation, Amelie and DH Lawrence entwined in a harmonious whole.

Cody Delistraty

On the way loneliness, freedom, and romance are intertwined.

For the past few weeks, I’ve woken up unsure exactly where I am. My bed, a modest full size, looks out onto a cobblestone courtyard framed by green linden trees and an intricately decorated castle. I’m in a pocket-sized one-bedroom apartment and although it is behind the Place des Vosges in Paris, by the looks of it I could be in Normandy or Toulouse, even Vermont. For that matter, there is no real way for me to know the year is 2014: save for the circle-pronged electrical outlet tucked behind my dresser, I could be waking up in the eighteenth century. In the haze of the early morning, these things tend to meld together.

The feeling of placelessness is a bit like a dream: the heightened romance, the intense brooding, the inherently transitory nature of the whole affair. Placelessness happens…

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Medieval Selfies

Love the idea that mankind has changed so little. Medieval man made beer, was charitable, and created selfies.


Self-portraits of medieval book artisans are as exciting as they are rare. In the age before the modern camera there were limited means to show others what you looked like. In the very late medieval period, when the Renaissance spirit was already felt in the air, some painters made self-portraits or included themselves in paintings commissioned by others. Stunningly, the medieval painter Jan van Eyck showed himself in the portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his fiance: he is staring at you from the mirror that is hanging behind the couple. For those who still didn’t get it, he painted above it Johannes de eyck fuit hic, Jan van Eyck was here” (Fig. 1, more here). He added the date 1434 to the picture, making it a particularly early selfie.

Jan van Eyck, Giovanni Arnolfini and his fiance, 1434 (right) and mirror detail (left) Fig. 1 – Jan van Eyck, Giovanni Arnolfini and fiance (right)  and mirror detail (left)

As far as producers of books is concerned, there were only two kinds…

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5 Ways to Talk About Animal Shelters


Maddie’s Fund – What is No-Kill?

The big debate in the animal shelter world is about the right words to use: do we “kill” or “euthanise”?  Well, actually it’s no, it’s not the big debate, although we do talk about the words: in animal shelters in America we don’t manage to save the lives of millions of healthy adoptable animals each year” and call it “euthanasia”.

The most popular ways to describe animal shelters are

1. Lifesaving Centered – saves all healthy animals

2.  Lifesaving Community – subtle difference here! Saves all healthy animals

3. No-Kill – blunt, to the point – saves all healthy animals

4. Save All Lives – saves all lives!

5. None of the above – more than 50% of the animals which come in the door won’t leave alive…..

So you might like to get behind “lifesaving” – check out Maddie’s Fund if you want to know more!  My favorite phrase is “Save All Lives” – and if you like it too,  you might like to show your support and adopt from your local shelter.


This is my girl, Daisy: she was lucky enough to be brought to my local no-kill shelter as she was in the local pound and schedule for euthanasia with her puppies.   Thank you to Operation Kindness in Dallas for all their wonderful efforts to save lifes.

Check out the link too: your new best friend could be waiting for you ❤


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