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December 9, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Gifts of incensed, mirth, and soul

Ringing in the ears. (If they play the Jackson Five’s Santa Claus is Coming to Town one more time…)

Hunting items with just enough blend of tradition and trendy to make a reindeer’s head spin.

I’d say here’s a gift for those in touch with nature, but wildlife might beg to forgo their unwanted attention:

Nothing says “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas” like camo wedding rings.

They can be personalized. Like maybe “From a buck to his doe”? Shoot, all sorts of possibilities.

Camo wedding rings. (Image in advertisement. Parade Magazine)

And the bride wore boots and a holster on her hip hip. (Bradford Exchange advertisement image. Parade Magazine)

Look, reinventing the wheel is difficult, but some are trying to turn things around.

“Startup is literally trying to reinvent the wheel” (Video)

An Israeli startup is redesigning the wheel by changing suspension arms to create SoftWheels.

“Our vision is to put a dent in the universe by developing the most energy-efficient and energy-absorbing wheel system in the world. Our mission is to craft a smart wheel that helps people create a smarter planet.”

Already used in bikes and wheelchairs, could cars be next?

Some bright stars out there. Real show stoppers.

Elaborate design of Moon in sky with spieder web. . 1914.Andersen fairy tales/ walker-illstr./Doubleday.ny/pub.library (, author/artist lives/

Which stage name for this Supermoon on the December marquee: Cold Moon or Long Nights Moon? (USPD/

While many will be glad to see 2016 over and done, hang in there for the final episode of the Supermoon Trifecta on Tuesday, Dec 13th.

December’s Supermoon is such a party crasher: taking the sky stage on the same night as the peak of the Geminid meteor shower.

While meteor watchers are gnashing their teeth at the possibility of not seeing more than a dozen Geminids per hour, the combination performance is quite an unusual spectacle.

Dec 13th is the only night that the moon will bother to grace the sky the entire night from sunset to sunrise.

It’s only around for a few moments in the night sky the rest of the month – and the rest of this year.

But there is no truth to the rumour that the moon is moonlighting elsewhere.

Might be just ducking out like many others until the frantic holidays are over. Waiting to ring in the new year.

So glow on. Enjoy the presence.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Fantastic bird among fairies (Waterbabies. Fairy tale /Kingsley /ilistr: Warwick Goble (

Many fly. A few soar far above the rest. RIP John Glenn. Legend. Last man to walk on the moon. Your life was more than dreams and fairy tales.  (USPD/




  1. shoreacres / Dec 9 2016 7:51 am

    Speaking of camo rings — at a recent family wedding, there were no flower girls scattering rose petals before the bride. Instead, there were two little boys, shooting rose petals out of potato guns while wearing cowboy boots. No, not Texas — but Oklahoma!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 9 2016 8:25 am

      Sometimes difficult to find the line between the two states. That was pretty creative.
      Rose petals are much smarter than the eco bride that insisted they toss bird seed during the outdoor wedding. She hadn’t expected the flock of uninvited party crashers (and poopers).
      Thanks for sweeping a comment this way


    • RAB / Dec 9 2016 10:41 am

      Oh dear lord….

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    • Littlesundog / Dec 10 2016 9:34 am

      Uh, where on earth in Oklahoma did this happen? I hope not in MY neck of the woods!! GASP!


      • shoreacres / Dec 10 2016 9:38 am

        Outside of Tulsa. Actually, it was wonderful, and quite appropriate. The bride is a prize-winning barrel racer, the groom is a rancher, and everyone in the wedding party had the best looking boots you’ve ever seen. Yee-haw!

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  2. easyweimaraner / Dec 9 2016 7:58 am

    I will watch the supermoon this time… maybe this event will stop the curse of 2016…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 9 2016 8:55 am

      3 Supermoons in the last 3 months of a year. I’ve been too nervous to do any star charts. It’s winter and a good time for pulling the blanket over the head and long naps. Dec 21, at 10:44 UTC and the upswing begins with Dec solstice.
      I’ll wave to you during moon watch. All under one moon and sky. Thanks for howling along


  3. RAB / Dec 9 2016 10:43 am

    Celestial phenomena virtually guarantee overcast skies in Fairfield CT!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 15 2016 7:01 pm

      We missed it too due to clouds. Molly was annoyed as she ahd been practicing special supermoon howls in it’s honor. Stay warm up there! (we’re rollercoastering from 70’s upper 40’s on alternate days with real cold coming next week…) Thanks for gazing along

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  4. RAB / Dec 9 2016 10:45 am

    Maybe the camo rings will appeal to those married peeps who have up till now had to take their rings OFF to go bar-trawling. Now they won’t lose them, but no one will notice them. Perfect.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 15 2016 7:03 pm

      You’ve got the marketing expertise down. I knew there had to be a reason…
      Thanks for shooting that over this way.

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  5. the dune mouse / Dec 9 2016 11:59 am

    unfortunately our skies are clouded over – as usual! An amazing bit about the soft wheel and RIP John Glenn!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 15 2016 7:04 pm

      If people actually do get moonstruck, maybe all the clouds there and here weren’t such a bad idea? Thanks for softly rolling by with a comment

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  6. Ally Bean / Dec 9 2016 2:17 pm

    How is that camo pattern on the rings? Painted on, like on a motorcycle? With crushed stones, like pavé? Those are the strangest wedding rings I’ve seen. And do they come in desert camo, too? I’m intrigued but unnerved by them.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 15 2016 7:07 pm

      You know I’ve tried to figure out that camo pattern. At first I thought it might be an enamel design. No crushed stones (unless there’s an upgrade I didn’t notice – like extra chrome on a pickup)
      Unusual…some marketing genius saw a group that hadn’t been targetted (Shoot, probably for good reason HA HA) Thanks for hunting down a comment to leave


  7. sustainabilitea / Dec 9 2016 3:00 pm

    This adds three more rings to the millions I already never wanted. Not a big fan of diamonds and so many diamond rings are way too showy for me. With these camo rings, I guess all you can see is the diamonds. Maybe that makes it appear that they’re floating or something, at least if the wearer is in the woods or desert. Really, though, nicer than some opulent horrors I’ve seen.


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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 15 2016 7:15 pm

      If only those were real diamonds….
      But actually you’re right about some of the current popular designs being rather, uh, overwhelming. Wonder how long some of those big ones get worn and stay in one piece – so easy to catch protruding gems on door facings, shelves, laundry, trees, rocks – and all sorts of stuff. Easy to lose stone or bruise ring finger. But then again maybe the beautiful are less clumsy or rarely do much of anything that could even vaguely called work?
      Thanks for ringing up a comment


  8. sportsattitudes / Dec 10 2016 8:08 am

    We don’t have street lights in our neck of the woods but on a night of a Full Moon with snow on the ground it sure looks like we do. It is amazing how the moonlight reflects off the white ground and brightens up even the darkest portion of the night. Any moon that pulls this feat off is a “super” moon to me. As for smart wheels…if they help those behind them be smart that’s a smart idea.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 15 2016 7:23 pm

      Brrrrr. Hope you guys are bundled up. We’re alternating coats and shorts – until this weekend. (Fend for yourself plants!)
      No moon sighting that night here with all the clouds – apparently the moon wasn’t mooning people much. (Another example of hype for the year…)
      This wheel thing is cool – while it will mean a good deal of redesign/engineering for vehicles, but who knows what genius idea may come from it all. Reinventing the wheel is no longer a joke.
      (but why fire Jeff Fisher right before a game – no joke either?)
      Thanks for rolling by with a comment

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  9. Littlesundog / Dec 10 2016 9:42 am

    Wow… nothing much surprises me and camo is BIG in Oklahoma but I cannot say I have seen rings such as those! I am not a fan of diamonds either. I never wanted to be like everyone else and I’m not really a traditionalist. Now a night under the moon and starts… that is romance!
    Fly high John Glenn. May we all aspire to live life to the fullest as he did.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 15 2016 7:31 pm

      Camo seems to take center stage locally for hunting season/fall/winter – but some people are extreme fans of it (The pink looks a bit weird to me.)
      Sigh, we’ve lost a real guiding star. Those early test pilots and early astronauts were a rare breed. We need to rekindle that adventurous spark in kids and society.
      Thanks for flying by with a comment


  10. Cynthia Reyes / Dec 13 2016 7:59 am

    You got me at the title, you clever person you. I was about to ask if we will see that moon in Canada too, when I realized it’s the same moon. My kids have had to remind me of such scientific facts more than once.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 29 2016 6:35 pm

      Moonstruck. You can always blame being moonstruck – that’s science and not just a movie, right? Thanks for adding a comment of the night.

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