Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Pronouns

Saw this today in an advice column. I don'tget it.

"I (she/her/hers) and my friend (also she/her/hers) recently applied for the same job."

Is there anybody in the world who says "I (she/them/his)"? If they're she, they're her and hers. So why write them all out all the time?

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Please check for the answer you already knew KTHXBAI

Ah, customer relations is hard. I complained to Regal that they had stopped showing the TCM Big Screen Classics series at the local theater. They sent an email saying "Thank you for taking the time to contact our office. Please go to our website, regmovies.com, and go to the Turner Classic Movies page and you will find movies and times."

So, I did, thinking maybe I'd screwed up. But what I find is "Hmm... we couldn't find any showtimes for this date and location."

Once again, someone responds without paying any real attention. I am well aware that they show them IN SOME PLACES. That does not address my issue, which is that I am not driving to Chattanooga to see a movie.

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Thursday, August 09, 2018

Baby birds... well, teenagers

(I'm not making any promises (just as well, I failed the last few) but I'm going to try to post here more often) And to start, herewith some recently fledged birds, mostly with a parent.


This young Downy woodpecker chased its mom around the suet feeder begging before finally settling down to eat on its own.





Here is a young male Northern cardinal - see all the red on his belly and face.




A pair of fledgling Northern cardinals, male (l) and female (r)


This Northern cardinal fledgling has driven her dad to distraction! (But seriously, about 15% of cardinals molt their entire head at once, like this guy.)


Eastern towhee fledgling, most likely female, with dad.


I think this Eastern towhee is male because it's getting black on its back


Brown thrashers



Blue jays



Several shots of this photogenic Northern mockingbird youngster waiting for its dad to show up.






And here dad has arrived.



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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

That's CAPTAIN Jack Sparrow

This was posted in a Facebook group I belong to.

The proper English translation of “Â chryman medi hirgoes henffasiwn” (a phrase from the current book I’m reading) is “With an old-fashioned, long-handled reaping sickle”. However, this is what Google Translate thinks it means

with a crazy mermaid mummy

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

The virtue of a second look

Pine siskins spend the winter here and the summer in Canada. So I'm sure these guys didn't just show up yesterday. But I fear I never realized what they were before, dismissing them as female House finches. They really aren't that similar - streakiness is different, they have yellow on their wings, and their bills are totally not finch bills, being long and pointy instead of thick.

pine siskin on hopper feeder roof


pine siskin on tree branch

pine siskin on tree branch

pine siskin on feeder

pine siskin on feeder

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Hidden attributes

Rose-breasted grosbeaks hide color under their wings. The males aren't drab, by any means, but look at that flash of red. And on the otherwise plain speckled females, a sudden flash of bright yellow. (I don't pretend these are great shots, especially of her, but they do show what I'm talking about.)

female rose-breasted grosbeak in flight

male rose-breasted grosbeak in flight

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

And new girls

Female Rose-breasted grosbeaks, not as strikingly colored as the boys, but still distinctive.

female rose-breasted grosbeak on feeder

female rose-breasted grosbeak in trees

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