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spring is sprung! [Apr. 12th, 2014|12:43 am]
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you don't have to tell me twice! [May. 17th, 2013|12:37 pm]
At the entrance to Gran Quivira. (Taken in 2002)

you don't have to tell me twice!
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very temporarily popular [Mar. 18th, 2013|04:10 pm]

On a lark, I signed up for a 500px account a while back. I've used it all of twice, now -- but my second picture is very temporarily popular!

I say "very temporarily" because I've looked at the really popular stuff on there, and it's either super-saturated or half-naked... okay, fine, and it's also really good. I'm not going to quit my day job anytime soon.

mr_ bluebird on my shoulder

One sad note - it seems like pictures have to be 3000px on a side to qualify for their store. Cropping? No selling bluebird coasters for me!
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tiny deer [Mar. 14th, 2013|03:00 pm]
For jnala, because of the miniature goat he showed us that one time.

miniature deer


Hat tip: silmaril
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busy [Dec. 15th, 2012|10:41 am]

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Geminids! [Dec. 13th, 2012|11:04 pm]
[music |"A new England", Kirsty MacColl]

Geminids! We were outside for just a few minutes, and saw three, despite being in the suburbs with Christmas lights up and down the street. They say it peaks in 3-4 hours, and it's the best light show of the year. Check it out! There are guides to where to look all over the internet.
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an unexpected Thanksgiving guest [Nov. 27th, 2012|11:34 pm]
Click to embiggen the Great Horned Owl in my in-law's back yard.

Unexpected Thanksgiving visitor
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things I've liked lately (NPR edition) [Nov. 16th, 2012|09:58 pm]
1. The interviews with the Rolling Stones on NPR this week. They've putting out a new album and going on a limited tour! I caught Keith Richards & Mick Jagger when they aired; I'll have to listen to Charlie Watts & Ron Wood later.

2. Martha Stewart on "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me". Maybe I'm going daft, but I thought the story about not being able to date Anthony Hopkins because she kept being reminded of "Silent of the Lambs" was pretty hilarious.
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inspiration for "Dracula" [Oct. 30th, 2012|11:52 am]
Here's a slate story on the inspiration for "Dracula".
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Apple Maps, all is forgiven! [Sep. 28th, 2012|01:50 pm]
I know some guy (Tim Cook) wrote an apology for the changes in the Maps app this morning. And in all honesty, it's deserved -- we've all seen or heard about the crazy results & deficiencies in the new program. But here's my story about living in the future.

Out & about running errands today, I was heading from my wife's office to a friend's place to feed her cats. I had planned on looking up the route in advance, just to confirm what I thought was the right path, but due to a combination of being illegally parked in a loading dock and blocked in by students & pizza, I got out of there as fast as I could and was on the road before I remembered to check the map.

On a lark, I pulled out my phone. I didn't unlock, swipe, search, navigate, or scroll -- after all, I was driving, and that would be both dumb and illegal (as of Sept. 1st). But I pressed the button to wake up the phone, held it up to my ear, and said, "how do I get to <friend>'s house?"

The best I was hoping for was a look-up in my address book followed by a map I could squint at and zoom in on. What I got was a map overview immediately followed with turn-by-turn navigation instructions. The phone was still locked! But it validated my route and started saying, "in a quarter mile, turn left on...". It was perfect. Absolutely what I wanted, but I never would've asked for it. I put the phone down and let it navigate my way there. It even brought me to the right apartment block entrance -- I always have to drive in and look for the landing with the bicycle or tomato plants. ;-)

And then I used Siri to dictate those FB/G+ posts.

Maybe I got lucky. Maybe there are advantages to living in the 15th largest city in the country, in terms of attention & coverage. I don't know, but I can tell you that this is a taste of what living in the future should be like.

(Is there anyone here who isn't on FB/G+? jnala? Just curious.)
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