July 20, 2014
Bug Eat Bug World
Yesterday I was out back and saw a dead bug on the railing. Didn't think much about it, but thought it a strange place for one to pick as its final resting spot. But I placed a finger next to it, and it moved - but didn't fly off.
Strange. So, I got my reading glasses to take a closer look. I could barely make out what seemed to be wings below the bug.
Got my camera, put it on macro (it has the BEST macro ability - I can get as close as my fingers, or the subject, will allow me to get - and this is what was going on:
After his/her meal, it was time to wing away to parts unkown.
May 26, 2014
Last weekend I went with a friend down to Plymouth, MA to play tourist and to see the "rock" and "boat". The first thing we hit was Plimouth Plantation (no, that isn't a misspelling): It was facinating to get a close up of the rushed roofs, tools and implements and fences. Especially facinating were the stacks of wood which were placed in a circular pattern. Actually makes a sort of sense. There were people in character there doing chores and answering questions in what was believed to be the accent of that time period.
My friend got a couple of decent pictures of me (God, I'm slouching - I obviously have been neglecting those muscles when I work out).
Then we went to the shore to see Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower II. While visiting the Mayflower, a paddleboat went by. Those are always cool to see. Plymouth Rock is protected by a pillored monument, whcih has a dedication enscribed.
While walking off our lunch, we saw this memorial to fallen First Responders.
Had a great time playing tourist. Felt a bit guilty that I took a full day off from getting anything meaningful done, but sometimes you just have to do that.
January 19, 2014
What Cats Really Think of Us
Yeah, we are basically just big cats that share food (and clean the cat box, and chase off unfriendlies, and pick up beheaded mice).
I'm not sure I agree with the 85% statement, but have no facts or figures to back it up. My thought is that a whole lot of people don't bother with spay/neuter, but the tomcat the females mate with aren't necessarily feral, just belong to an owner that doesn't see a need to neuter a cat that can't become pregnant.
Thanks to Scott for sharing the link.
February 17, 2013
There are companion dogs, then there are companion dogs for other animals. In this case, cheetahs. It seems that alsthough they are the fastest animals on the planet, cheetahs are also very nervous. In steps the companion dog who becomes a trusted buddy and protector. Very interesting article and full of surprises. I won't ruin all the good stuff, but who would have thought that a 40 pound dog would be the boss in his relationship with a 100 pound animal that can speed up to 60 mph in 3 steps (3.4 seconds - faster than any other car in the world)?
Thanks to Scott for pointing out this article!
January 01, 2013
For Cop Car - a new flying machine. I don't think that you'll get passengers onto that (air/motion sickness would be at an all time high!)
Hat Tip to Scott for the link.
November 07, 2012
Maybe Big Foot Does Live
and is being mis-identified by conservation workers.
What am I talking about? It seems that a whale, of which scientists have never seen alive, are still with us (or at least were a couple of years ago). The proof; two spade-toothed beaked whales that beached themselves two years ago that were mis-identified by conservationists and buried. The only reason we now know the truth is because routine samples were taken and have finally been analyzed.
News link found thru Scott.
October 16, 2012
I think we just had an earthquake. About 10 seconds of the house shaking, with a loud rumbling before, during and after. No big trucks going by - I looked out the window to see.
UPDATE 2 minutes later: SIL confirmed that they felt in in Francestown.
UPDATE 2: Reported it at the usgs.gov. TV is just reporting a 4.5 event centered at the NH/Maine border.
October 14, 2012
Wishing for A Christmas Comet?
Looks like those in the Northern hemisphere will be treated to Comet ISON passing a lot of gas, er, passing by with a great gas tail to light up the sky. Even if it is a spectacular as they are predicting, it will be cloudy here for 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after, if it is anything like it has been this month. As long as the clouds aren't dishing out the snow like they have been dishing out the rain, I guess I'll be good.
Thanks to Scott for keeping us up to date on the comet front.
September 27, 2012
CF Ride For the Cure 2012 Update
The Cystic Fibrosis Ride for the Cure has been postponed until October 14, 2012 because of expected rain. There are several departure points Isee link) for the eventual destination of Gunstock Mountain.
Last year it was a wild ride from the departure point in Manchester. I think we will try the one that leaves from Freedom Cycle in Concord (which wasn't a choice last year). They have a "leisurely ride" leaving at 9. The "direct ride" leaves at 10. The leisurely ride sound more our style. If that turns into something we aren't comfortable with, this time we will stop and catch up later at Gunstock.