Nuts about Southwest

We're nuts about Southwest Airlines

As mentioned before, we’re big supporters of Southwest Airlines. They get ya there on time, with your bags, and for a fare that’s often far, far less than their competitors. Sometimes they’ll even sing you a song while you’re waiting to arrive at the gate! And now there’s another reason to love ’em…

Southwest Airlines has launched their own blog called Nuts about Southwest, which is all Southwest’s employees, customers, airplanes, & airports:

“Our goal is for this blog to go beyond the facts and numbers to give you insight into our fantastic Employees — what motivates them, how they do their jobs, and a look into the way they serve you, our Customers.”

Dolphin Eavesdroppers

dolphin pod

Scientists have long known that dolphins use short, broadband pulses of sonar-like echolocation sounds to create a three-dimensional acoustic picture of their surroundings and determine the size, shape, direction of movement and distance of objects in the water. Dolphins’ sonic imaging is so sophisticated that they can tell apart 2 small disks only 1/16th inch thick of differing metals. And since sound penetrates organic matter, there are even stories of dolphins detecting—and reacting to—human pregnancies! Recent research has also proven that they’re capable of listening in on and interpreting the echoes from another individual’s clicks.

Now a study conducted by Thomas Götz, a marine biologist at the University of Tübingen in Germany, takes this yet another step further. According to an article from National Geographic

Dolphins are eavesdroppers!

Götz’s study offers convincing evidence that not only are dolphins capable of understanding each other’s echolocation signals, but in fact they rely on this. The sole sound emissions of a lead dolphin are listened to & used by the all of the others when moving in tight, synchronous groups for cooperative food hunting strategies.

So, where before dolphins have always been considered playful and inquisitive animals, maybe now we know the truth behind their friendly facade… they’re just plain nosy!

Third Time’s a Charm!

We’ve returned from our 3rd Texas New Beetle Roundup – the largest annual Volkswagen New Beetle gathering in Texas. I am happy to report that Caliente won 3rd Place in the Stock Class this year. In spite of the rain — which certainly made displaying cars (much less a convertible) something of a challenge — there was a good turnout for the show. It was great to see all of the familiar faces again and we’re looking forward to seeing many of them again in Roswell in June.

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