Five Points – 37

Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen –

One of my favorite books, a tale of how a graduating vet student at the turn of the century runs away after tragedy by blindly jumping the next train rolling by.  It ends up being the Circus.  And it also turns out to be one heck of a story, narrated by that same man, only 60 years later…I won’t spoil the end of the story.

https://www.amazon.com/Water-Elephants-Novel-Sara-Gruen/dp/1565125606

And this recent tidbit in the news reminded me of the above and evoked a smile…for removal of doubt, I fully intend on exhibiting this behavior when the time comes.

https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2018/08/05/elderly-men-escape-nursing-home-attend-heavy-metal-festival/


Purchase I’m Enjoying – 

I visited Japan for work at the end of last year and learned that a bidet toilet seat is standard issue in the country.  It was my first experience with a robotic booty cleanser, but it was a good one.  One that made me rethink things a bit.  I reckoned, if I were taking my dog for a walk to do his business and got a wee bit of poo on my arm whilst preparing a doggie baggie, I’d wash it off.  I probably would not only use dry paper.  Plus, my bum has been so reliable and nonjudgemental, it deserves a bit of special attention.

Also, in buying my house, inspections told me that my septic system was old and fragile…it wouldn’t be a good idea to put tons of toilet paper down it, lest I replace it soon to great expense.  And with virtually unlimited water (I have a spring that produces a surplus of water for the property), using water would be a much safer route than loads of TP.  It’s also noteworthy, that it takes 37 gallons of water to produce a roll of TP and about 1/8th of a gallon per use via a bidet (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/earth-talks-bidets/).

Toto Washlet Bidet Toilet Seat

https://www.amazon.com/TOTO-SW2024-01-Electronic-SoftClose/dp/B0165UFOOA 


Liquid in Space – 

I find it fascinating how liquids perform in zero gravity.  And to add chemicals that produce bubbles… Check out the video!

https://www.reddit.com/r/space/comments/934hjx/a_video_of_a_liquid_in_space_demonstrated_by/


In Depth Read – 

Citi: Global Perspectives and Solutions has produced a rather in depth study of the music business.  It’s dense, but explains the business from a high level, with plenty of charts and graphs and stats.  You might enjoy it if you’re keen to learn more of the nuance of the mechanics embedded in your favorite track.

PUTTING THE BAND BACK TOGETHER
Remastering the World of Music

The music industry is in the midst of two profound changes. First, consumers are increasingly opting to rent — rather than buy — music. Second, the demise of physical music has prompted artists to tour more often, driving significant growth in concerts and festivals.

https://www.citivelocity.com/citigps/ReportSeries.action?recordId=78


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