God save the queen’s corgis!

November 7, 2013
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II meets members of the public with two corgi dog in 2012. ARTHUR EDWARDS / AFP
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II meets members of the public with a few corgi dogs in 2012. ARTHUR EDWARDS / AFP

Thanks to this edition of Blog Log, now if you ever come across a Pembroke Welsh corgi, you’ll probably weirdly associate the short-legged canine favored by the queen with Friday Night Lights’ Tim Riggins. You’re welcome? Or maybe you’ll forget all about it by the time you get through the rest of what’s happening on the Internet. You’re welcome.

“Little legs, big hearts, can’t lose.” — Samantha Grossman at newsfeed.time.com compares the plight of the Pembroke Welsh corgi to the, er, underdogs on the TV show “Friday Night Lights.” Grossman reported Tuesday that Britain’s Kennel Club recently put the short-legged dogs on its watch list, noting that the breed, which has long been a favorite of Queen Elizabeth II, is at risk of disappearing completely. God save the Queen’s corgis!

“There are at least 20 teams that have changed their names without relocating: baseball’s Devil Rays became the Rays, the Tennessee Oilers became the Titans, the Houston Colt .45s became the Astros … ” — Tim Halloran at blogs.hbr.org argues that the Washington Redskins are making too big a deal out of changing the football team’s name. Besides the teams listed above, Halloran also cites the Washington Wizards. The D.C. basketball team changed its name from the Bullets in 1997.

“What is the chinese phrase for ‘A miracle of human endurance in the name of sorta-cuteness, against the callousness of evolution which has been trying to kill off this species for ever’?” — redditor Horaenaut at reddit.com gives a unique suggestion for what to name the National Zoo’s newest giant panda cub. On Tuesday, zoo officials announced a reader poll at smithsonianmag.com, where people can vote for one of five Chinese names — Bao Bao, Ling Hua, Long Yun, Mulan and Zhen Bao. None, alas, mean what Horaenaut suggested.

“We’re so used to watching a screen in expectation of a story that it seems impossible there isn’t one.” — Tess Lynch at grantland.com ponders the idea of “slow TV” on Tuesday, the day after Norway’s NRK television station aired “National Knitting Evening,” which consisted of exactly that — knitting. Lynch reports that other shows, including one where viewers watch a cruise ship float around fjords, are wildly popular, despite not having a plot.

“If you are drinking your morning coffee at 8 AM is that really the best time? The circadian rhythm of cortisol production would suggest not.” — Steven Miller at neurosciencedc.blogspot.com advises caffeine addicts to wait until later in the day to slake their thirst for their morning brew. The blogger’s advice is based on the science of chronopharmacology — the study of the interaction between biological rhythms and the effects of drugs. The blogger concludes that the best time to imbibe that joe is between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., when your cortisol levels are lower.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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