Show Notes for Thursday, July 21, 2022


Dear John,

My son was just offered an amazing job and I'm very happy for him, but the job is on the other side of the country. I'm afraid that he will not know anyone there and that makes me super sad. Right now he is here at our house for dinner a few times a week. He has many friends here and he likes the job he has now. The new opportunity pays well and it's something he will really enjoy too, I think. I've been encouraging, but I'm wondering if I should share my concerns too? I'd hate to see him all alone on the other side of the country where we can't see him as often as we do now. Is it wrong of me to think like this? I think he could also be very happy here. Should I say anything?

Signed – Worried Momma

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Apparently, going to work on Fridays is becoming less of a thing. The last day of the workweek, once synonymous with long lunches and early departures, has increasingly become a day to skip the office altogether. The trend, which was already on the upswing before the pandemic, has become more widely adopted in recent months. US stats show that just 30% of office workers physically showed up to work on Fridays in June, the least of any weekday. That’s compared to 41% on Mondays, the day with the second-lowest turnout, and 50% on Tuesdays, when the biggest share of workers are in the office. Peter Cappelli, director of the Center for Human Resources at the University of Pennsylvania, says it’s becoming the cultural norm not to be physically at work on Fridays, and to telecommute if at all possible. According to him, “Before the pandemic, people thought of Friday as a kind of blowoff day. And now there’s a growing expectation that you can work from home to jump-start your weekend.”

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The future of farming could involve multi-colored fields. Rather than using typical pesticides to keep produce-loving bugs off crops, farmers could soon simply turn to a technique called “camo-cropping”, which is undergoing trials in England as a means to confuse pests. Soil is dyed red, blue and green to hide emerging sugar beet crops from disease-carrying aphids. In the test, using food-based dyes, the aphids flying overhead don’t see the beet coming through due to the spectacular multi-colored fields. The pests have become an increasing problem for farmers in the absence of banned pesticides.


Bruce Willis made a return to the famed “Nakatomi Plaza” as seen in his classic action film “Die Hard,” 34 years after its release. His wife Emma Heming Willis posted a video to her Instagram showing the “Die Hard” star standing on top of the Nakatomi Plaza skyscraper – which is actually the Fox Plaza building in Century City, Los Angeles – and looking out on the city skyline. The video includes a montage of some of Willis’ highlights from Die Hard, scored to ‘Ode to Joy’ by the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. In March, it was announced that Willis has been diagnosed with aphasia, a brain disorder that affects the ability to speak or communicate. LINK:

Chris Pratt once seemed like a shoo-in to become the next ‘Indiana Jones’ after Harrison Ford left the role. Shia LaBeouf was teased for the role during the 4th installment of the franchise, but that never came to fruition, then Pratt became the next rumored heir to Ford’s role. So, with the 5th Indy film coming soon and Ford still playing the part, what happened? During a podcast appearance, Pratt said, (quote), “I once saw a quote from Harrison Ford-and I don’t even know if it was really him, but it was enough to scare me-that was like, ‘When I die, Indiana Jones dies.’ And I’m like, am I gonna get haunted by the ghost of Harrison Ford one day when he dies if I play…?”

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Twitter is in the process of testing a “co-Tweet” feature. The company’s social media consultant and mobile developer each recently posted a co-tweet as a test, which displayed both usernames above the content. If and when the feature officially rolls out, users will be able to send an invitation to “co-tweet” for other users to decline or accept. Co-tweets will appear on both users’ timelines. It could be put to use by businesses to make joint announcements with partners, joint press releases, or joint statements from executives of a company.

A ‘death care’ digital marketplace has been launched by tech startup Autumn. It aims to connect grieving families with necessary services such as grief specialists, funeral homes, attorneys, appraisers, accountants, and other organizations that assist families in handling financial, legal, and other logistics after a loved one’s passing. It’s the latest entrant to a cottage industry that is springing up around end-of-life and bereavement care that’s expected to be worth $148 billion in the US alone by 2026.

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If you sleep through your alarm, put it in a cup or glass. It’ll wake you, for sure.

Place a cutting board on an open drawer for extra counter space in a small kitchen.

To open a stuck lid, use duct tape. Simply stick some on the lid and start pulling. It works.

For a genuine-looking smile in your pictures, squint your eyes while it is being taken.

If you’re a student, proofread with your ears. Paste your essay into Google translate and you’ll “hear” any typos and other weird stuff.

Use an empty ketchup bottle for perfect pancake batter pouring.

Use a can opener to open those tough blister packs.

Freeze coffee in an ice cube tray and use these instead of water cubes for iced coffee. It prevents it from becoming watered down.

To boost your Wi-Fi signal, wrap a sheet of cardboard in aluminum foil, bend it slightly, put it behind your router, and point it in proper direction.

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Paula and Peter Closier became concerned when their 5-year-old beagle-mix, Bonnie, disappeared from their home in Bolney, UK. Little did they know that she was busy – winning a ribbon at a local dog show. After she escaped, Bonnie, who had been adopted as a stray 4 years ago, was found on the side of the road by John Wilmer, who happened to be driving his own 2 pups to a dog show. After posting her picture on Facebook, he decided to take her along to the contest. Bonnie was a hit with the judges, and ended up winning third place in the rescue dog class. Of course, while Bonnie was winning ribbons, her family was frantically looking for her, and Bonnie was returned after the Closiers saw Wilbur’s Facebook post. The kicker? Bonnie’s step-sibling doggo, Cleo, has won prizes at a number of dog shows, but the Closiers had never thought to enter Bonnie in one.