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May 8, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Muddy paws and data holes

Boy with sand bucket at beach. 1935 (Sam Hood/State Lib. of New South Wales/PD/

The Beach Master, preferring a precise dig, surveys the terrain. No need upsetting the locals or their deities. (State Lib.of NSW/

Easy to shovel blame onto the tourists – even better onto their overly energetic, and not to be deterred, offspring carrying beach pails. Unsupervised – and mostly unwanted by the Island – beach digging may have triggered the violent volcanic eruption on Hawaii’s Big Island.

Why is it? Give kids shovels and without any instruction, they are in a frenzy digging all the way to China. (which does not permit unauthorized popping up. Grain of truth lost on those with sand in their shorts).

Straight down. China is always straight down. Do not attempt to reeducate anyone infatuated with digging to China.

Boy on beach making a sandcastle (released to PD by Fadhela/

Not a sandy hole, a sandy hold. Some dig the negative, and others, the positive.(PD/

We have done our best to tell Molly Malamute that China is not straight down under either Mediterranean Date Palms or the giant Mexican fan palm. 

She has restless leg syndrome. Caused by being stuck inside too long or from too little racing around the backyard track. Molly can engineer an almost two foot deep hole before you can scream “Nooooooo. Stopping digging to China” and lunge across the yard with a restorative shovel.

Her nervous energy drained, she sprints to the back door, clods flying…(Oh, we never manage to actually hit her with a dirt clod….but if thoughts could be dirt…)

Small mutters by staff leak out, “When I catch her again…”

“Yes” she exclaims as her digger paws are toweled off, “it is win-win-win: palms get their soggy gumbo aerated, paws get relaxed, and staff gets a full body workout.”

No permanent hole, no crime.

Vintage dressed children playing in sand at beach. 1900-1910. (John Oxley Lib., Queensland released to PD,

If you keep digging, crimmey, who knows what you’ll find. (PD/

Data holes leaking personal information have many people worried/angry since genetic ancestry sites, Facebook, and other online places’ backroom habits of collecting and selling gathered data has become too big an elephant in the room to ignore.  (Hey, companies have to make money somehow…)

Considering that,  it’s no surprise that is making a debut with big promises. 

From their Twitter: “The first data management platform powered by consumers that allows you to own, verify and sell your data. A wholly owned subsidiary of @SRAX_Digital.”

CEO Christopher Miglino during a business channel interview says their parent company has been in business around 10 years as an aggregator of personal data which they sold to “interested parties”. But then benevolently, they thought, “Why shouldn’t people own, manage, and be paid for their information?”

So was created. (Interview and articles here.)

Users fill out questionnaires, decide which of their information is for sale and decide exactly who can access/buy it.  Users even get to see who bought information. BIGtoken gets paid and the user gets paid.

Necessity is the mother of invention. And who doesn’t want to create a way to make easy money?

While making stuff isn’t always pretty, that’s where the lei artists of Hawaii are lucky: high art prettily tied together with past and present.

Hawaii Travel poster of girl holding lei in surf along beach (USPD. Diego Air and Space Museum/

Travel poster showing Hawaii’s environmental cleanup initiative?(USPD/

Always wondered, does Hawaii have a lei relocation program?

Seriously if all those people toss all those flower leis overboard hoping to lasso a return trip, there’s got to be a bit of litter-like results….some of the commercial tourist grade ones are bound not be biodegradable…

And all that string tossing among the waves: WWF&WCT? (What would fish and water creatures think?). Do the sea inhabitants actually have strands for a personal injury class action lawsuit?

Green Sea Turtles in surf at beach. Papailoa Bea Hawaii (Daniel Ramirez/

Wait! Remember “food, not food”? Always best not to get too tied up in your diet. (Hawaii’s Green Sea turtles.D.Ramirez/

Wonder if any of the flower garlands manage to float all the way to China.

Maybe when wind wins.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Sunset. North Shore Hawaii (Zach Dischner/

Normal tourist attraction: Sunset at North Shore, Hawaii. Volcanic eruptions, an unscheduled bonus. (Z.Dischner/



  1. easyweimaraner / May 8 2018 6:27 am

    Molly it’s maybe not the way to China but to OZ… and they have fall now so we can enjoy some cool weather while chaing leaves ;O)))


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 8 2018 6:46 am

      Wait! Molly is looking for OZ – She loves her Greenies and where else could those be made? (Off to walk early before melting sun get higher) Thanks for digging along


  2. shoreacres / May 8 2018 6:52 am

    Remember when the phrase of the day was, “Can you dig it”? It seems to be applicable in more and more situations. Of course, when the four-footed one decides it’s the question of the season, and the answer is “Yes,” I’m sure things do get complicated.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 8 2018 7:08 am

      I actually started to begin or use that phrase as a closing, but altered it this morning thinking we use it too much around here. Molly was pretty good last summer/fall about limiting her digging to one spot behind a hardy bush in the flower bed where we provided her dirt and mulch. But she seems to have decided it’s easier to hop by one of the palms and go at it. She’s an excavator in hyper speed…and runs off laughing about it. The German would dig everywhere if not watched…even with nose when supposedly resting in the sun. I think they hear the worms and crawfish and go after them. Dogs just wanna have fun..and a small low calorie snack. Thanks for digging around here


  3. Amy / May 8 2018 7:22 am

    Speaking of worms, Xena finds her worm protein laying dead on the road. No need to go tearing up flower beds for her pre-bed snack while out for an evening stroll.


  4. Carrie Rubin / May 8 2018 7:24 am

    I wonder what people plan to do in China once they dig their way there. Maybe Molly knows. 😁


  5. Kate Crimmins / May 8 2018 8:14 am

    This one made me laugh. Old cat Jake got a tick check before coming inside when he romped into the heavy groundcover in the back. I swear he would nap on the pavement all afternoon, then just before supper take a quick detour to insure a massage when he got in! Gotta love them! I worry about all the junk in the ocean. What are people thinking?


  6. Ally Bean / May 8 2018 9:46 am

    I’m much less worried about charming doggies doing what doggies do, than data mining companies doing what they do. A hole to China dug by puppy paws? Go for it. A hole dug into my personal private history? I’m not so charmed by it.


  7. 1bl0gr3ad3r / May 8 2018 10:31 am

    Hmmm, for a more, uh, pawsitive idea? Consider “Excavations by Molly” for those in your area who might enjoy adding a water feature to their lanscaping? Ingound pools? No problem for Molly. Simply submit desired dimensions to her staff, then sit back* and watch the progress! *(Chinese language lessons not included)


  8. Spinster / May 8 2018 12:24 pm

    Interesting post. Thanks for digging up insights.


  9. ShimonZ / May 9 2018 3:47 am

    Well, this was a very enjoyable ramble, and I was so occupied by conjecture re China, that I didn’t notice the block chain till it hit me. You see, being my cat’s pet, I don’t worry when seeing her digging. We know she’s just taking care of nature. On the other hand, I have heard children here promising to discover China by unwavering progress into the sandy beach, and now hearing that you guys, half way around the world also believe that you can get to China that way, means to me that scientists might have been living in a bubble, assuming that the world was round. Maybe a triangle? I suppose we should research this first before making it a mandatory theory in the schools.

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  10. aFrankAngle / May 9 2018 7:40 am

    Love the last picture. Meanwhile, you’ve reminded me of our first cat who loved to dig in a pot containing a small palm tree inside the house. Oh what a mess he created transitioning soil from pot to carpet.

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  11. Roxie / May 9 2018 12:49 pm

    whoa! I hadn’t heard of BigToken, so thanks for the heads up. Yep, I’m sure if Molly digs to China she’d come back with a request for your privacy info. I hear their president is in office for eternity, now. shhh, don’t tell congress that a dictator changed the rules…
    uh oh, I’m back on my soapbox, many apologies, Phil!


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