Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations 34 nominees!


Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I wanted to try to do something about that.

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty. So, I made the award with this logo then.

It is good to see that this award since then has gone to many places of the blogosphere.

The Rules:

  • Display the Award Logo.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.
  • Answer the seven questions of the one who nominated you.
  • Nominate bloggers to receive the award and tag/pingback to their blogs.
  • Ask them seven new questions.

My seven questions are:

1. What is your favourite thing about yourself?

2. It’s late. You’ve had a crazy long day and you are super hungry. What is your go-to quick meal?

3. List the best five books that you have read in the last 12 months.

4. Would you rather be an oak tree or a butterfly?

5. What book have you reread more than any other, or if you do not reread then why is that?

6. If you were a kitchen appliance which one would you be?

7. Would you rather win an Oscar (award for acting) or a Grammy (award for music)?

My nominees are:

1. Turtle Quotes Homepage

2. MYMonkey MIND

3. Science Trendz

4. ROJR

5. The Gist Info Blog

6. miss PE

7. Expat Alien

8. NorSCARF

9. Life on the Lower East Side

10. de-Graft Boakye

11. hustle bustle

12. Addicted To Living

13. Beauty In Words🌹

14. Repeating Islands

15. Tee Wyze Services

16. campogeno

17. Thooghts – a Dash of Emotions

18. Oglinda sufletului meu

19. What Now News 24

20. The Detroit Standard

21. Nature’s astounding wilderness

22. ENGINEERING QUICK FACTS

23. Ephemeral Elegies

24. MUHAJER SEMAN SURAFEL

25. J. P. D. T.

26. Half earth, half sky

27. introvert1me

28. Mr. NahasFinance

29. The Year Without Wimbledon

30. World Animals Voice

31. The Readers Desk

32. Captain Planet

33. Small Change

34. Wildlifeconservationkenya

Online Tour de France cycling, 4 July


This 29 June 2020 video says about itself:

Official Virtual Tour de France 2020 – Cycling Race | Zwift

The Virtual Tour de France is coming to Zwift. The top men’s and women’s teams from across the world will compete for the ultimate prize. With Virtual L’Etape du Tour rides on new courses and high octane pro races to watch, this is cycling history in the making. #TDFVirtual

Watch the world’s best Zwift racers take on some ‘first-ever’ courses in the new France and Paris maps. Women and men pros are racing on Saturday and Sunday for three consecutive weekends beginning July 4th.

23 men’s teams and 17 women’s teams will participate.

Among the male participants will be former Tour de France winners Chris Froome, Egan Bernal, and Geraint Thomas. Greg Van Avermaet, Olympic champion and online Tour of Flanders victor this year, will also participate. Among the women, there will be Marianne Vos, Kirsten Wild, Olympic champion and 2018 world champion Anna van der Breggen, all from the Netherlands; and Chloé Dygert-Owen, from the USA, track cycling pursuit world champion.

The cyclists will ride on their home trainers at home. So, no coronavirus risk.

This virtual Tour de France will be six races, during the next three weekends. The start will be on 4 July: first the ladies, then the gentlemen. Both on a virtual hilly landscape based on the surroundings of Nice city in southern France.

The fifth stage will be climbing the famous Mont Ventoux mountain.

The sixth and final stage will be on the Champs Elysees in Paris.

TV stations in 130 countries will report about it.

The teams

Women

Alé BTC Ljubljana
Team Arkéa
Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team
CANYON//SRAM Racing
CCC-Liv Team
Ceratizit – WNT Pro Cycling
Drops
FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
Lotto Soudal Ladies
Parkhotel Valkenburg
Rally Cycling
TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank
Trek-Segafredo Women
TWENTY20 Pro Cycling
Team Sunweb
Valcar Travel & Service

Men

AG2R La Mondiale
Arkéa Samsic
Alpecin-Fenix
Astana Pro Team
B&B Hotels-Vital Concept
Team Bahrain McLaren
Bora Hansgrohe
CCC Team
Team Cofidis
Circus-Wanty Gobert
Deceuninck – Quick-Step
EF Education First Pro Cycling
Groupama-FDJ
Israel Start-Up Nation
Team INEOS
Team Jumbo-Visma
Lotto-Soudal
Mitchelton-SCOTT
NTT Pro Cycling
Rally Cycling
Team Sunweb
TOTAL Direct Énergie
Trek-Segafredo

Real Neat Blog Award, thanks Meghan!


Real Neat Blog Award

My blogging friend Meghan of the blog Whimsically Meghan has nominated Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Real Neat Blog Award. Thank you, and all the best for you and your blog!

Late in 2014, I made this Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I wanted to try to do something about that.

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty. So, I made the award with this logo then.

It is good to see that this award since then has gone to many places of the blogosphere.

The Rules:

  • Display the Award Logo.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.
  • Answer the seven questions of the one who nominated you.
  • Nominate seven bloggers to receive the award and tag/pingback to their blogs.
  • Ask them seven new questions.

Meghan’s questions and my answers are:

1. Time for some self-love. What is your favourite thing about yourself?

My blog and other writing.

2. It’s late. You’ve had a crazy long day and you are super hungry. What is your go-to quick meal? Mine is baked beans on toast with a little grated cheese melted on the top… and when I say a little cheese I mean a lot of cheese.

A small bit of cheese or a big bit.

3. List the best five books that you have read in the last 12 months.

Albert Camus, The Plague. Stephen Fry, Mythos. The autobiography of Dutch poetess Henriette Roland Holst. The biography of Ms Roland Holst by J.P. van Praag. The ancient Greek poet Hesiod, Theogonia.

4. Would you rather be an oak tree or a butterfly?

They both have their good and bad sides. Oaks live much longer and I don’t like dying. But butterflies can move.

5. What book have you reread more than any other, or if you do not reread then why is that?

The autobiography of Henriette Roland Holst.

6. If you were a kitchen appliance which one would you be? I am a kettle for sure, always getting boiled up about something.

I would not like to be a kitchen appliance. An oak tree can also not move, but at least it is alive.

7. Would you rather win an Oscar (award for acting) or a Grammy (award for music)?

Probably, a Grammy, as I have never acted, but I used to be in a band.

My questions to my nominees are the same as Meghan’s.

Now I will break a rule. I will nominate not 7, but 17 bloggers. They are:

1. Suzie M. Bosko

2. indiantripper

3. My life as a Geography student

4. Refreshingly Random

5. The Cool Fijian Guy

6. Being Zab

7. By Hook Or By Book

8. ktrutika

9. Surajit Khanna – Child Advocate

10, Child’s Mindset

11. joevicholdingafrica

12. The Written Revolt ©

13. from the pink shed

14. 𝗦𝘁𝘄𝗮𝘆𝗻𝗲 𝗞𝗲𝘂𝗯𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗸’𝘀 𝗔𝗿𝘁 𝗦𝗵𝗼𝗽

15. Anketsu

16. How big is Texas?

17. dianaashworth

K-pop fans against racist politicians


This 22 June 2020 video says about itself:

K-pop fans and TikTok teens troll Trump with fake registrations for first campaign rally in months

US President Donald Trump’s first campaign rally in months took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 20, 2020, but only hosted only a fraction of the number of supporters his staff expected. Some of the no-shows may have been teenagers who registered to attend the rally but stayed home. Days before the event, calls went out on social-media apps TikTok, Instagram and Twitter, asking Trump opponents who had no intention of going to the rally to sign up anyway. The message spread among teens, including many fans of Korean pop music, who have recently pivoted their networks to support political causes including the Black Lives Matter movement.

This video has been updated to change a visual element.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Trolling Trump and hashtags disruption, online protests by K-pop fans are getting louder

They claimed responsibility for the many empty seats at the Trump election meeting, made a large donation to the Black Lives Matter movement, and flooded the hashtag WhiteLivesMatter on Twitter with gif pictures of their favourite Korean pop stars to crowd out other [white supremacist] messages. K-pop fans have been making themselves heard in recent weeks. In the Netherlands, too, they went against Wilders and Johan Derksen [a Dutch racist politician and a racist soccer commentator] on social media.

The social involvement of the fans is not new, says Elmer Veldkamp, ​​anthropologist and assistant professor of Korea Studies. “That started in 2007, when the first K-pop idols called on their fans to stop buying gifts for artists, but to spend the money on donations to charities. Fans immediately took it up fanatically.”

Eg, they donate money to goals they find fit with their idols. For example, in honour of the birthday of a singer, often fondly compared to a squirrel by fans, 37 endangered red squirrels were adopted in Scotland.

But most of the time, fans imitate the donation behavior of their idols. For example, early this month, when it was announced that the band BTS donated a million dollars to the Black Lives Matter movement, the hashtag #MatchAMillion became trending on Twitter. With that, fans collected more than $ 817,000 in the first 24 hours.

“After such a donation, the fans know that the goal is supported by their idols and are going to work for it in other ways,” says K-pop expert Mai Verbij. “This is also how Dutch fans come up with their own actions on social media.”

More and more political

According to Veldkamp, ​​the actions of the K-pop fans are only now noticeable because our eyes are very focused on the USA. “But you can see fan involvement shifting towards more political goals for some time now. Eg, fans from Chile drew attention to the deaths during protests against right-wing President Piñera at the end of last year.”

Researchers already predicted that supporters would continue to use their tight online infrastructure for these kinds of political goals. In particular the fight against racism.

That goal also fits in well with the diverse fan base of K-pop, says Verbij. “Many fans have diverse cultural backgrounds or come from the LGBTQ community. They feel very committed to the fight against racism. They want to make the world a better place with their idols.” …

Fight for appreciation

K-pop has come a long way, but Asian pop is still barely played on the radio in Western countries. “The fans have been fighting for more appreciation for years and use the activism to make the music more known,” says Senders. …

South Korea

While the idols speak out clearly about certain social issues abroad, they keep quiet about many problems in South Korea. Afraid to lose sponsors and advertisers. “Eg, the subject of homosexuality is very sensitive and they do not speak out against discrimination against children of mixed parents in South Korea,” says teacher of Korea Studies Elmer Veldkamp.

In the country, the actions of the fans are therefore followed with suspicion. “For example, you see in comments in South Korean media that people are concerned about the relationship the USA and South Korea,” said Veldkamp.

He thinks the success at the Trump gathering – an initiative by US American fans – will give them a taste for more. “There is a strong infrastructure that fans can use for everything. It is a group that does not just leave and that we will hear more about.”

TIKTOK TEENS MOBILIZE AGAINST TRUMP TikTok users who are angry over Trump’s threat to ban the China-owned social platform are bombarding his campaign app with terrible reviews. Unpopularity isn’t necessarily enough for Apple to remove an app, but the reviews make for interesting reading. [HuffPost]

Vincent Ehindero Award, thanks Laleh Chini!


Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award

Thanks to my dear blogging friend Laleh Chini, of A Voice from Iran blog, for the Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award!

The RULES of this award are:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Post the award logo.
  • Post the rules.
  • Nominate up to 10-30 other bloggers and notify them.
  • Notify Vincent of your nomination, via comment.
  • After notifying Vincent, he’ll check out your blog, follow and give you your unique award for the good work on your blog.
  • Ask 5-10 questions of your choice.

Here are Laleh Chini’s questions and my answers:

1. What gave you the push to start blogging? Reading other bloggers’ blogs.

2. Are you proud of the progress you’ve made so far? Reasonably so. So far, 5,757 people have subscribed to my blog.

3. Is blogging a profession or a hobby for you? I don’t make any money from it.

4. Where do you see yourself in the next five years? I hope to see many birds.

5. What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a blog to make money? As my blog does not make money, I would not be able to give useful advice.

6. Where do most of your views come from? USA.

7. What’s your post frequency? Several blog posts a day.

8. Are you doing the most when it comes to fulfilling the demands of your niche? This is not really a niche blog, as I have 40 different categories. So, people with various interests read this blog.

9. How many friends have you made from blogging? Many.

10. Do you ever regret any of your posts? So far, not.

My questions to my nominees are the same as Laleh Chini’s questions.

My nominees are:

1. Naty Calinescu

2. Whimsically Meghan

3. Euphoria in my mind. Saudade takes place

4. The Birder

5. Tastes of Health

6. The Ethereal Unicorn

7. In Saner Thought

8. Brandon’s wisdom

9. toritto

10. Grep giggles

11. The Greatest Wealth Is Happiness

12. Nature,science,health,engineering

13. Zo Writes

14. human writes

15. childhoodwonder

16, thoughts from my brain

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations, nominees!


Image result for real neat blog award

Late in 2014, I made this Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I wanted to try to do something about that.

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty. So, I made the award with this logo then.

It is good to see that this award since then has gone to many places of the blogosphere. And that some people have made new logos for it; like the one at the top of this blog post.

The rules of this award are:

  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer the 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
  • Nominate any number of people linking to their blogs and let them know you nominated them by commenting on their blogs.
  • Come up with 7 questions for the people you nominated.

My seven questions to my nominees are:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

2. What is your favourite sport?

3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2020?

4. What is your favourite quote?

5. What is/was your favourite class when still at school?

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

7. Which politician would you never vote for, supposing you could vote for him or her?

My nominees are:

1. Smoothies * Recipes * Food

2. travel leopard

3. Realizing Life Goals

4. The Pine-Scented Chronicles

5. Caeli’s words

6. Smashing Single Parenthood

7. Learning and Living through Inquiry

8. An Overdose Of Pain

9. the news18 india

10. Cycling through Chaos

11. Victoria’s blog

12. Ana Writes

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations, nominees!


Real Neat Blog Award

In 2014, I made this award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that 🙂

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty 🙂

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Ask them 7 questions of your own.

6. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

My seven questions are:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

2. What is your favourite sport?

3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2020?

4. What is your favorite quote?

5. What was your favorite class when still at school?

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

My nominees are:

1. Tim’s favorite Camping Blog

2. Street Photography

3. world photography

4. african poetry

5. News, music and sports

6. Short Prose

7. On Dialogues

8. THE PERSEVER OF LIFE

9. The West Laine Wanderer

10. Get It Right! For Life

11. kindfeelings

12. twenty something

13. The Gleaming Glow

14. fashionhealthtips.fitness

15. Anshul Saluja

16. Kaylebs Mental Health Blog

17. Penable

18. a bookish balance

19. Living Below Sealevel

Prestigious Penable Award, thanks Laleh Chini!


Prestigious Penable Award

My dear blogging friend Laleh Chini, of the beautiful literary blog A Voice from Iran, has been so kind to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Prestigious Penable Award!

Thank you so much for this! It is a new award for me.

Here are the rules:

  • Tag your post with the #penableaward
  • Display the Penable award logo (above) on your post and follow Penable if you haven’t already
  • Thank the person that nominated you
  • Tell us what your writing talent is
  • Answer three questions that you have been asked
  • Nominate three inspiring people for this award.
  • Let them know of their nomination
  • Give them three new questions to answer!

My writing talent: my blog is about 40 different categories, So, I am not sure about which subjects I am better and about which I am worse.

Laleh Chini’s questions, and my answers, are:

1- Where would your next travel destination be? I don´t know yet, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

2- Which season is your favourite? Spring.

3- What color gives you peace? Green, of plants.

My questions to my nominees are:

1. Which is your favourite bird species?

2. To which country where you have never been would you like to go after the coronavirus crisis?

3. Which is your favourite song?

My nominees are:

1. It is what it is

2. Rolling Harbour Abaco

3. Erika Kind

Awesome Blogger Award, thank you, thebibliophilewriter!


Awesome Blogger Award

My dear blogging friend thebibliophilewriter of the thebibliophilewriter blog has been so generous to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Awesome Blogger Award.

Thank you so much for this kind gesture!

Rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to that blog.
2. Answer the questions you were asked, and ask some yourself.
3. Nominate at least five bloggers and inform them of their nomination.

The nominees are under no obligation to accept the award.

Thebibliophilewriter’s questions are (my questions are the same as thebibliophilewriter’s):

1. Favourite place to visit? Little auk nesting colony in Spitsbergen.

2. Describe life in three words. Superior to money.

3. Describe love in three words. The greatest feeling.

4. Choose one, loyalty, sympathy, superiority or equality, and why? Equality, because of this.

5. If someone is showing ego then what will you do? Avoid.

6. How about art? See my almost 5,000 blog entries here.

7. What is your dream destination? Antarctica.

8. What is your favourite quote? The trouble with liquor is that one drink makes a new man out of you, and then the new man has to have another drink; by United States actor Alvy Moore.

9. What is your favourite flower, tell about the characteristics? Orchid; as there is so much variation among the many orchid species.

10. What is your favourite colour, tell about the characteristics? Green; of plants which are the basis for animal life.

My nominees are:

1. ChasingART

2. SAMUEL NJAGI NGARI (ENVIRONMENTALIST)

3. PeoPlaid

4. FROM BAROQUE TO BRIOCHE

5. Fun with philosophy

6. Human rights & activism

7. The Lightning Seed

8. NUFC hotspot

9. Kate Lunsford

10. Aggressiveness

11. Notes from Albania

12. Elaine Howlin

13. The Red Alert Blog

New fungus species discovered on Twitter


This 16 May 2020 video says about itself:

Scientist Discovers New Fungus on Twitter, called Troglomyces twitteri

New species of fungus that pierces its host to suck nutrients is discovered on TWITTER after biologists spot an image of an American millipede with bizarre red dots in a tweet.

From the University of Copenhagen in Denmark:

Bizarre new species discovered… on Twitter

May 15, 2020

Summary: A new species of fungus has been discovered via Twitter and christened accordingly — Troglomyces twitteri. This unique fungal parasite grows around the reproductive organs of millipedes.

While many of us use social media to be tickled silly by cat videos or wowed by delectable cakes, others use them to discover new species. Included in the latter group are researchers from the University of Copenhagen’s Natural History Museum of Denmark. Indeed, they just found a new type of parasitic fungus via Twitter.

It all began as biologist and associate professor Ana Sofia Reboleira of the National Natural History Museum was scrolling though Twitter. There, she stumbled upon a photo of a North American millipede shared by her US colleague Derek Hennen of Virginia Tech. She spotted a few tiny dots that struck her well-trained eyes.

“I could see something looking like fungi on the surface of the millipede. Until then, these fungi had never been found on American millipedes. So, I went to my colleague and showed him the image. That’s when we ran down to the museum’s collections and began digging,” explains Ana Sofia Reboleira.

Together with colleague Henrik Enghoff, she discovered several specimens of the same fungus on a few of the American millipedes in the Natural History Museum’s enormous collection — fungi that had never before been documented. This confirmed the existence of a previously unknown species of Laboulbeniales — an order of tiny, bizarre and largely unknown fungal parasites that attack insects and millipedes.

The newly discovered parasitic fungus has now been given its official Latin name, Troglomyces twitteri.

SoMe meets museum

Ana Sofia Reboleira points out that the discovery is an example of how sharing information on social media can result in completely unexpected results:

“As far as we know, this is the first time that a new species has been discovered on Twitter. It highlights the importance of these platforms for sharing research — and thereby being able to achieve new results. I hope that it will motivate professional and amateur researchers to share more data via social media. This is something that has been increasingly obvious during the coronavirus crisis, a time when so many are prevented from getting into the field or laboratories.”

Reboleira believes that social media is generally playing a larger and larger role in research.

She stresses that the result was possible because of her access to one of the world’s largest biological collections.

“Because of our vast museum collection, it was relatively easy to confirm that we were indeed looking at an entirely new species for science. This demonstrates how valuable museum collections are. There is much more hiding in these collections than we know,” says Ana Sofia Reboleira.

Underappreciated parasitic fungus

Laboulbeniales-fungi look like tiny larvae. The fungi are in a class of their own because they live on the outside of host organisms, and even on specific parts of bodies — in this case, on the reproductive organs of millipedes. The fungus sucks nutrition from its host animal by piercing the host’s outer shell using a special suction structure, while the other half of the fungus protrudes.

Approximately 30 different species of parasitic Laboulbeniales-fungi attack millipedes. The vast majority of these were only discovered after 2014. According to Reboleira, there are most likely a great number remaining to be discovered. Research in the area of Laboulbeniales remains extremely scarce.

Nor is much known about their own biology, says Reboleira, who researches these fungi on a daily basis. She believes that these fungi can not only teach us about the insects upon which they live, but also about the mechanisms behind parasitism itself — that is, the relationship between parasites and their hosts. She hopes that the research will also provide useful knowledge about the parasites that attack and can be harmful to human health.

FACTS:

  • The new species Troglomyces twitteri belongs to the order of microscopic parasitic fungi known as Laboulbeniales. These fungi live on insects, arachnids and millipedes, and rely on their host organisms to survive.
  • The research was conducted by: Sergi Santamaria of the Departament de Biologia Animal, de Biologia Vegetal i d’Ecologia, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain; and Henrik Enghoff & Ana Sofia Reboleira from the Natural History Museum of Denmark at the University of Copenhagen.
  • Millipede specimens from the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle (MNHN) in Paris helped confirm the discovery of the new species of fungus.
  • The Natural History Museum of Denmark’s entomological collection is one of the world’s largest, housing more than 3.5 million pin-mounted insects and at least as many alcohol-preserved insect and land animal specimens. About 100,000 known species are represented (out of a total number of over one million species)