I haven’t been posting as much as I’d like to.  Like everyone else in our blogging community I try to make the most out of this holiday season, spending more time with family and friends.  I’ll give you three items today, a video on traditional Southern layer cakes, a beautiful Christmas song from one of the great voces, Karen Carpenter, and one of an octopus that challenges our idea of how to define intelligence.

1) From the New York Times, the traditional Southern Layer Cake.


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2)From one of the most beautiful voices I know, Karen Carpenter.

Wikipedia entry on the tragic story of Karen Carpenter:


Merry Christmas Darling:

3) As we study the other animals we hare our world with we must continue to redefine what intelligence is.  This video is of an octopus that has learned to use the half shells of coconuts, throw away by people, as a protective home.

Link to article in Science Daily: