1. It’s Toby’s (observed) birthday today! (I know he was born in June so I just gave him the third, the same date as my birthday, to make it easy to remember.) Toby is now four–they grow up so fast, sniff. He got a new scratching post for his present.

2. It’s also the birthday of beat poet extraordinaire Allan Ginsberg. Who here hasn’t recited “Howl” in high school?

3. Have you heard about the 73-year-old Japanese pensioner who is getting together a crew of old guys to go help shut down the Fukushima reactors?
The Skilled Veterans Corps, as they call themselves, is made up of retired engineers and other professionals, all over the age of 60. They say they should be facing the dangers of radiation, not the young.

Well done, old guys.