Study: Birds Are Linked to Happiness Levels – EcoWatch

A new study reveals that greater bird biodiversity brings greater joy to people, according to recent findings from the German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research. In fact, scientists concluded that conservation is just as important for human well-being as financial security.
— Read on www.ecowatch.com/birds-happiness-study-2649413979.html

Birding
Costa Rica Birding, The Top Costa Rica Birds – Lodges Custom

Christmas in Courtenay

My Frequently Used Apps

Health and Fitness

Feelfit. Bluetooth link to Yolanda brand scales.  It is no longer available on Amazon but there are others that use the same methods. The fitbit scale died after 2 years.  I have been using this one for about 2 years.  Renpho is another model that does the same thing. 

What I like: Measures 13 body compostion things: % body fat, body water, skeletal muscle, BMR, Fat-free body weight, subcutaneous fat, viceral fat, muscle mass, bone mass, protein, metablolic age.  Integrates with other apps e.g Fitbit. App free with scale.
What I don’t like: You have to open the app to you weigh yourself.  Not sure how accurate it is or how things are measured.

Sleep Cycle
What I like- Easy to use, free, lots of metrics
What I don’t like- can’t change location 

Entertainment

Vancouver Public Libary
What I like:  Holds function, and they now send and email to adjust time for delivery.  Download books to read
What I don’t like: confusing to use, takes a few trys to set it up. 

Scrabble 
What I like: brain exercise, competition
What I don’t like:  ads unless you pay, not as good as old scrabble app.

Pacer What I like: keeps me motivated to stay active; GPS mapping function, links to weight app and other apps; Free What I don’t like: nothing

Cannon Camera Connect Imports pictures to phone or PC. 
What I like: easy to use 
What I don’t like: nothing so far

Spotify 

What I like;  they create playlists based on your likes.  I got tired of my own music.  They have a huge selection of music.  
What I don’t like: it’s not free

Other handy apps

Pay parking if you are in a city: Honk, Paybyphone, Hangtag, Easypark.  You need them all
Mint – banking app you can use for budgeting
Smart bird – identify birds from photos.
Tides – for beach walking 
Accuweather -includes wind and humidity on an hour by hour basis.
Twitter 
CBC Listen
Google Maps
Roboform password manager.

Summer reading book lists for all tastes..

I’ve tried Goodreads and the Vancouver Public Library and gone by the rating scores of the reviewers.  Still I end up with books I don’t like.  I download books from the VPL but I keep getting books I have read before because I haven’t rated them.  So here are some fresher book lists.

New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/09/books/review/new-books-we-recommend-this-week.html

https://www.nytimes.com/books/best-sellers/?_r=0

https://www.nytimes.com/section/books/review

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/07/books/review/long-bright-river-liz-moore.html

Fast Company

https://www.fastcompany.com/90388830/13-books-from-high-school-worth-re-reading-as-an-adult?partner=rss&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=rss+fastcompany&utm_content=rss

Buzz Feed

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ariannarebolini/best-summer-books-brit-bennett-summer-reading

BBC

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/494P41NCbVYHlY319VwGbxp/explore-the-list-of-100-novels-that-shaped-our-world

CNBC

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/03/bill-gates-names-the-5-best-books-he-read-in-2018.html

Vancouver Sun 

http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/books/index.html

http://www.vancouversun.com/index.html

CBC

http://www.cbc.ca/books/mobile/touch/books100.html

Murder Mayhem

https://murder-mayhem.com/

Wall Street Journal

https://www.wsj.com/articles/summer-books-2020-summer-reading-11590076049


Save on Music, Books and DVDs at Indigo.ca

My art work

I have been doing all kinds of artwork for the past IMG_572220 years and hoped I would do more once I retired.  I have some examples on my website and some resources for beginners.   I have recently started experimenting with alcohol inks which allows for much freeer process.   I occasionally sell my work at shows.xmas 5

 

 

Orange Is the New Black Is the Decade’s Most Important Show | Time

More than a bold experiment in representational sleight of hand, ‘Orange’ changed TV forever.
— Read on time.com/5631804/orange-is-the-new-black-season-7-legacy/

This is not so much a review of a show but a commentary on societal change.