The twenty-first of October, 2018


A recent study by Queen Mary University of London determined that goats enjoy human companionship as much as dogs, and that goats prefer to interact with happy human faces. Not only do goats prefer to interact with happy humans, but they can also detect other human emotions such as anger or sadness. Now, I’m not saying to be happy all the time, I’m just saying that goats make me smile, and apparently if I smile at them, they might smile back.


I was very happy to come upon this group of goats one day. 

The twentieth of October, 2018


Autumn is always such a fun time. Cinnamon, apples, pumpkins, crunchy leaves, sunny afternoons, brisk evenings, sweater weather, hot chocolates and apple cider are just a few things I love to enjoy during this time of year. I hope you all get a chance to have some autumn fun this weekend or before the winter hits.


Enjoy the beautiful fall weather y’all!

The nineteenth of October, 2018


Hopefully for many of you, Friday marks the end of the working week. Our division of days into weeks is actually rather arbitrary, and stems from the Babylonians, about 4,000 years ago who believed our solar system contained seven planets and set things up that way. The arrangement of weeks as comprising seven days was then spread through the world and history from the Egyptians to the Romans so by 2018 it’s unimaginable for the world to be any other way. The weekend is a bit more novel of a concept, this fantastic Atlantic article marks that the first reference to a weekend was in England in 1879. Judeo-Christian religions practiced a “day of rest” but that is hardly a true “week end.” At first, Saturdays were just half-days for workers, perhaps to encourage them to get their less restful pursuits out of the way so they could attend church properly on Sundays. Fast forward to the twentieth century, in order to mitigate and prevent increasing unemployment during the Great Depression, many factories instituted a five day work week, which has since become the standard in most work places.

However, now there is growing evidence that supports a four day work week. Long gone are the days of factory and industrial work, and perhaps people are more productive working four days and not working three days than the current model. In 1930, John Maynard-Keynes even speculated (or fantasized?) about how workers of the future would only need to work fifteen hours a week! However your work week is configured, I hope you break is full of fun and relaxation.

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Have a lovely weekend!

The seventeenth of October 2018: of Sheep and Goats


Sheep and goats often hang out together, and have for a long time. Ancient skeletal material between the two are notoriously difficult to distinguish, even though they belong to separate species. Sheep belong to the species Ovis aries. They are grazers rather than browsers (no “experimental chew”), have 54 as opposed to 60 chromosomes, and generally have less personality than goats. Sheep and goat can produce non-fertile offspring, sometimes called shoats, or geeps, but I prefer chimera.


Sheeps and goats hanging out together.

The sixteenth of October: Goats of the World


There are an estimated one billion goats in the world, as of 2017. Researching goat demography is quite tricky and more involved than I anticipated. There are multiple reports tracking goats, goat population density, detailing the consumption of their secondary products (wool, milk), and the (cringe) details of the goat meat industry.* The majority of goats live in Asia, with (as of 2010) China boasting the most goats of any country (17.3%) followed by India (14.6%) and Pakistan (6.6%). Goats are great to keep for not just their milk and wool products, but they are also great at landscaping (“goatscaping) and generally fun to be around.

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Three of the world’s billion goats, hanging out in Delhi, India 2011.

*I won’t eat goat meat anymore. I’m not a vegetarian, but I am highly selective about the meat I do eat and my love and fascination with goats exceeds my appetite for them.

The fifteenth of October: Fuel Up


As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter it can be somewhat challenging to stay energized. The picture below is the 2017 winner of the Cambridge-Oxford Goat Race, pictured about an hour before her victory fueling up for the big race. Today in Cambridge, U.K. it is cold and damp, but do not let the conditions get you down. Fuel up, nourish yourself, perhaps with healthy food or whatever it is that brings nourishment to your soul.

Cambridge 2017

Victory is yours with the right nourishment!

The twelfth of October


Are you rushing toward the weekend? Are you planning a big adventure, or some time to unwind?  This goat was photographed four years ago at Zoo Atlanta with an old iPhone. It was difficult to photograph, as this was a very busy goat, perhaps preparing for its own adventure. Whatever your pursuits, I hope they make you smile.


A busy goat at Zoo Atlanta.