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A long-running personal blog shared by two authors with completely different approaches to life. And a lot of large, beautiful photographs of dogs and nature and places we've traveled to. Rich in commentary and irreverant in style. 

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We started blogging a long time ago. Our work hours never aligned with recommended psychotherapists and we needed to get our thoughts out. We are great friends, total opposites and long-time housemates. This was a way to communicate. With each other. With strangers. With consumer marketers. With sub-par meteorologists. With distant friends who wanted to see pictures of stuff we were up to.

This is the place. Our bucket of thoughts to share. You are welcome. 
(We realize that most of you are here for the dog pictures.)

Stinking Wrong

Yenny

I like to read articles about studies that seem obvious but still get funding to be completed because it gives me hope that I can come up with a study and get paid for it.  Maybe one day I can prove eating ice cream everyday is good for me.  

For now I will read other people's studies and wonder, was that really necessary?  Let's go with this one for example, "Dogs poop in alignment with Earth’s magnetic field, study finds." 

After examining 70 dogs — made up of 37 breeds — over two years, 1,893 defecations and 5,582 urinations, researchers found that under “calm magnetic field conditions,” dogs preferred to “excrete with the body being aligned along the north-south axis,” avoiding east-west altogether.

We have a dog, so I should be able confirm this conclusion, right?

Step 1 -  Locate dog:

Not usually far from this position.

Not usually far from this position.

Step 2 - Download a Compass app:

Step 3 - Create a Google Form:

Step 4 - Track the dog as he does his business for a month. 

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Plot the data into a chart showing a lazy basset hound proving science wrong.  He's an equal opportunity directional pooper. (If there was ever a reason to put those words together, I think I found it.) He's probably more a Northeast-Southwest facing pooper if we had to pick, but I would say his magnetic sensor is broken or maybe Earth was broken.

(Healey is going to hate this chart but this is the best I can do.)

(Healey is going to hate this chart but this is the best I can do.)

For the sake of science I will continue to track his activities for the rest of the year.  If you see me holding my phone over the dog while he is doing his business, don't judge me, thank me for my science.