In the news...October 2014 version...

Good morning everyone,

The weather is still looking nice for the next three days with highs in the mid to high 20s and mostly sunny skies. From Sunday, it isn't looking very good. I'm going to keep a close eye on it-I hope the weather turns around...because right now they are calling for highs around 23C and rain on both Sunday and Monday...it's bad news for the bbq, but the good news is that it looks like the typhoon will pass south of us...

I guess I'll have to make an executive decision on Saturday-I know it's a bit early, but I want to be able to let people know so they can make alternate plans. I'll post a 'second blog' on Saturday, in the afternoon, to let you know what's going on. Of course you can call or email me on Saturday to find out whether the bbq will be happening or will be postponed...

The typhoon that is heading towards Japan is apparently almost as strong as the one that hammered the Philippines last year (it was the strongest typhoon ever recorded). Keep a close eye on this one!

Three Japanese scientists shared the Nobel Price for Physics with the invention of blue LEDs. While LEDs have been around for ages, it was apparently very difficult to create 'blue' ones. They have many practical uses from traffic lights to calming lights (for people who are considering taking their own lives by jumping off of platforms).

Did you see the lunar eclipse last night? I missed it! Hopefully there will be another one in a few years...

Another thing I can blame on my mother...did you know that the amount of coffee you drink is linked to your DNA? That's right! It's not really your fault. As usual, it's my mom's fault! Actually, I'm not a huge coffee drinker. I do have a cup in the morning...but that's about it. Every now and then I'll have a second cup, but most days one is enough for me.

The dengue fever is on the move...apparently. A woman in Nishinomiya claims to have been bitten by a mosquito in her home and contracted dengue fever. Well, I'm not sold on this one...there hasn't been a single case outside of Tokyo and then suddenly one pops up in Nishinomiya which is over 500km away? Considering mosquitoes have a range of around 100m, I highly doubt it. I'm sure she caught it while she was in Tokyo or Malaysia...also did you know that mosquitoes are like people? That's right! Only the females bite! Ha ha!

Kei Nishikori is on a roll. After winning the Japan Open, he's now the 5th ranked player in the world and some pundits are claiming that he could become #1...well, to be specific, they are Japanese reporters who are claiming this and may be a little biased (meaning: really, REALLY biased)...having said that, I saw some parts of his match and he's playing very, very well and I wish him all the best! Number one? Hmmmm...maybe someday in the future...

They are still finding bodies on the top of Mt. Ontake which erupted last week. The death toll is up to 55, making it the deadliest eruption in Japan since World War 2. There are still over a dozen people missing...

Did you see anything in the news that I missed?

Have a great day!

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