On Exploring a Northern Island

Like many, I first learned about Iceland when studying the Vikings in elementary school. As an island nation in the North Atlantic Ocean, today I don’t think of the Vikings, but genetics is my prime thought. Although there is some disagreement on the matter, some consider Icelandic genes to be more homogeneous (less diverse) than other lands. Given the mobility of humans today and because isolation is one important aspect of evolution, the thought is intriguing.

Being that we enjoy cruising, cruise ships do go to Iceland … and my wife has mentioned an interest in visiting the mountainous place with hot springs.

Enjoy this National Geographic video about Iceland.

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 168

On Politics
After wasting most of the year, cheers to the US Congress for doing what they continually say what they would never do – play kick the can. Sure the passed a small deal, but they avoided the tough decisions. You are a pathetic lot! A new Congress starts, thus a new opportunity for diddly-squat. After all, one side can still say It’s their fault, while the other side says It’s not my fault.

A tip-of-the-hat to Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) for his comments about the way Congress has handled Hurricane Sandy relief. Well said, Governor!

With Secretary of State Clinton in the hospital with the blood clot, I keep thinking about the partisan jackwagons claiming she was faking an injury to avoid testifying to a Congressional committee regarding the attacks at the Benghazi embassy.

From Donald Trump to 9-9-9 to binders full of women, Republican presidential campaign provided countless dorkian moments … (and I’m a registered Republican) Therefore, I will not post the 2012 Dorks of the Year because politicians dominated the list – and yes, The Nincompoop would have made the list. After all, she did talk.

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
Study: Red meat takes years off cow’s life
TGI Friday’s reveals new Jeff Daniel’s barbeque sauce
Depressed Ralph Lauren releases new wrinkled dress shirts with marinara stain
Department of Corruption denies wrongdoing
McDonald’s to print calorie count on meat
Area father beginning to suspect 3-year old is a real ding-dong

Interesting Reads
Kathleen Parker’s column about JFK photos
Decoding the science of sleep
Learn about auroras on my header Auroras from this wonderful post  America’s 2012 as told through charts – well, at least the ones the author chose
Gallop’s Top World News Findings of 2012

On Potpourri
In March 2012, I published this post about a wave – but not just any wave, but a wave one climbs. That post included outstanding pictures by a long-time friend, who recently published a photobook that I will gladly promote, so click here to see. Here’s Steve’s online studio, LightWave Images

During the Freshly Pressed avalanche, I discovered these interesting pics.

I never knew that recently deceased General Norman Schwartzkopf’s father was the head of the New Jersey State Police at the time of the Lindberg baby kidnapping. I say this because earlier this week was the anniversary of the start of Bruno Hauptmann’s trial.

I will have a Saturday post, but sorry – no Saturday morning classic cartoon character post this week because I need to catch my breath. Just using it to clear some bookmarks for you to enjoy.

Enjoy this short video featuring Aurora Borealis. Have a good weekend! In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.