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February 22, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Vanquishing the purple and bitten.

Skeletal rib cage of deer. A gator kill at Pine Gully. ALL rights reserved. Copyrighted. NO permissions granted

Dinosaur discovery? Left by one-ish, sort of. A local gator’s reminder of what life is about.©

“Forgiveness means giving up all hope for a better past.” (Lily Tomlin)

Makes real sense if you think about it.

Hollywood might be the first to admit that while lingering on past views can cause some here and now stumbles, there’s benefits, too.

Movie studio’s preference for recycling old superheroes like Power Rangers and Batman is easy to understand.

  • A built-in fan base of adults who remember the original and who want to share it with their kids. (T-shirts. Toy tie-ins. Ka-ching!)
  • Why bother thinking up new unproven characters or plots that may not pay off? Besides organized protests can easily be avoided by blaming any character’s flaws or not politically correct backstories on previous writers.
  • Nostalgia sells in difficult times. Comfortable. Safe.

But resurrection of things long-buried can have dangers.

If anyone ever considers a revival of Barney (not the bumbling Mayberry deputy, but that annoying purple dinosaur with his mind worm theme song),  get out the pitch forks! Petitions! Social media rants! There is no forgiveness.

“Scientists retrieve 80-million-year-old dinosaur protein” (It better not be a lumpy singing one.)

Please not another purple reign. Once smitten sufficient.

Dinosaur. T Rex skull. Oxford Museum of Nat. History (Ballista/

May be tarred and gone, but his song lingers on.(Ballista/

Swat alert as the weather warms:

Don’t forget the mosquito repellant. Zero Zika would be so welcomed.

UTMB researchers are making progress in understanding how the Zika virus damages infants’ brain development.

  • There are two main types of the Zika virus: African and Asian. It appears only the Asian one has been linked with microcephaly.
  • “We discovered that the Asian lineage Zika virus halted the proliferation of brain stem cells and hindered their ability to develop into brain nerve cells,’ said Ping Wu, senior author on the study and UTMB professor in the Department of Neuroscience & Cell Biology.”

Read more: “Scientists uncover how Zika causes microcephaly: The findings are key to unraveling the mysteries of why Zika virus causes birth defects” (ScienceDaily)

  • “Yale study identifies how Zika infects the placenta.” (MedicalXpress)

First steps towards figuring out how to stop the virus. Itching to find more as summer approaches.

Purple brain and biting buzz: with luck, forgive and forget.

Watching the rear view mirror,

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Pine Gully Trail, waterway. and wetlands. ALL rights reserved. Copyrighted. NO permissions granted

Pine Gully Trail, waterway and wetlands. Home to an assortment of biters.©







  1. easyweimaraner / Feb 22 2017 6:28 am

    that makes absolutely sense…and some things are unforgivable…. probably cloning dinos or re-animate long buried things could be such a thing… although I would like to have a guy like Baby Fudgy Sinclair ;o)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 22 2017 7:08 am

      And running around with. Probably would make even more of a mud hole in the backyard here though….might empty the public dog parks so there would be more room to run, though. Thanks for digging the dino!

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  2. Amy / Feb 22 2017 6:46 am

    If hard times throws us back to nostalgia, The Honeymooners should make a reappearance any time now. Not so Archie Bunker – we already have one of him.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 22 2017 7:15 am

      The only thing about the old sitcoms is that while there was a lot of slapstick, there was also a great deal of wit, word play, references to things in literature, history, and current events – and they are very clever but the audience had to keep up and pay attention. Now it’s mostly slap and less stick to the one show by viewers used to grazing on the internet. Most nostalgic for wit. (Funny how Mary Richards tackled some very controversial issues quietly – as a “woman’s” viewer show. Those shows actually play well now and seem quite modern…if not annoying that some of those issues are still controversial. Takes a long time to change human behavior – gotta work with that reality and avoid the tantrums and getting so disappointed you walk away. Change happens.)
      Thanks for digging up a comment

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  3. sustainabilitea / Feb 22 2017 7:00 am

    I remember Barney, partly fondly, partly not, from when our girls were little. I find most sequels and, worse, prequels, to be the perfect thing for not seeing on an evening when I have some free time. I’d much rather watch the Blackhawks play hockey, but I’d rather watch them than most things on TV, so there you have it. 🙂 Zika is much scarier than sequels and prequels.



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 22 2017 1:43 pm

      Waterbirds and mosquito hawks are the current entertainment – the TV is more and more like that show “Groundhog Day”…really interesting is that the listings will show a movie running constantly for a week or so, then the next week it’s on pay for view. Click.
      Zika is not on people’s radar yet, but probably will be shortly. Now if I can just create some fancy swatting device, I could move to the Mts and away from all the buzz!
      Thanks for wading in this pond.


  4. Kate Crimmins / Feb 22 2017 8:05 am

    It would be so great to find out the cause for the damage with Zika and then figure out a way to stop it. So sad. Fortunately I missed the whole Barney thing but I have friends who didn’t.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 22 2017 8:18 am

      Once warm weather simmers, people will be demanding to swat Zika – everyone’s forgotten it’s on the porch now.
      We skimmed the Barney, but that song was everywhere – even used as psychological interrogate technique.
      Any chance that song will repeal mosquitoes? Thanks for buzzing by with a comment

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  5. Rilla Z / Feb 22 2017 8:34 am

    “Itching to find more…” That gave me a grin.


  6. colonialist / Feb 22 2017 3:22 pm

    They Zika it here, they Zika it there, they Zika that Zika everywhere … no wonder a virologist friend professed a profound admiration for viruses.
    Would it be worse to have a revival of Barney, or of The Scarlet Pimpernel? I’d go with the former as being the more hideous fate..


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 22 2017 3:47 pm

      Actually viruses and the micro world is quite beautiful. If only they’d learn to get along socially with others HA HA.
      That song. That song – enough to make one jump off a building…oddly is has been used in interrogations…cruel punishment.
      Thanks for swatting a comment into this basket

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  7. The Hook / Feb 22 2017 4:53 pm

    Don’t mess with Mother Nature.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 22 2017 6:11 pm

      Barney may be the color of a grape, but he’s not organic.
      If only he drew mosquitoes as he does small children….
      Thanks for swatting a comment down over here


  8. roughwighting / Feb 22 2017 8:21 pm

    Fabulous Lily quote. But I’m not sure we can ever forgive the creators of Barney the purple whatever-he-was. I was so grateful my kids never wanted to get to watch him/know him. I would have had to say NO, no matter what.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 23 2017 3:52 pm

      Barney was created by a school teacher – one with a high annoyance level tolerance I bet. Thanks for stomping in with a comment

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  9. Ally Bean / Feb 23 2017 2:14 pm

    Your clever post made me remember this from a few years ago. Here’s the sound that a real dinosaur [supposedly] made. Nothing purple about it.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 23 2017 3:51 pm

      HA! That is very very cool. (and now RC Cat is practicing authoritative monster sounds in the closet….great. Just what we needed. An even louder mouthed cat)
      Appreciate you adding some unpurple soundings to the post!

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