Friday, October 16, 2020

Ritual Communities

 Need peace and focus in crazy times? A new online community movement that honours rituals is showing how a range of daily cultural practices is just the tonic.

Los Angeles-based Australian actor Nathalie Kelley – pictured here at Coqui Coqui Mérida L’Epicerie in Mexico in 2018 – is a co-founder of the new online Ritual Community.  Jordan Burrow

How daily rituals (and a calming cuppa) can help your mental health

Florida Cat Goes Viral After Bravely Staring Down Alligator Who Shows Up At Front Door Animal Rescue

Wild Predators Are Relying More on Our Food—and Pets Wired

Room-Temperature Superconductivity Achieved for the First Time Quanta Magazine

Proprietary Grapes Come With Draconian End User License Agreement Vice 

Digital Planet, Predicting US elections results every hour BBC World Service. 

Google Blog: “Do you know that song that goes, “da daaaa da da daaaa na naa naa ooohh yeah”? Or the one that starts with the guitar chords going, “da na na naa”? We all know how frustrating it is when you can’t remember the name of a song or any of the words but the tune is stuck in your head. Today at Search On, we announced that Google can now help you figure it out—no lyrics, artist name or perfect pitch required.. Hum to search for your earworm. Starting today, you can hum, whistle or sing a melody to Google to solve your earworm. On your mobile device, open the latest version of the Google app or find your Google Search widget, tap the mic icon and say “what’s this song?” or click the “Search a song” button. Then start humming for 10-15 seconds. On Google Assistant, it’s just as simple. Say “Hey Google, what’s this song?” and then hum the tune. This feature is currently available in English on iOS, and in more than 20 languages on Android. And we hope to expand this to more languages in the future…”