Toad in the Hole May 2007 Archives

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May 28, 2007


Nope. There I am!

And the sun's trying to come out. Screw the deadlines; I'm gonna garden.

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Have I joined The Choir Invisibule?

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May 26, 2007



Grazing in the local parklands is a bit controversial. Some wildflowers prosper when grazing is allowed, but streams get muddied and beshatten and whatever lives in them can get stomped to death. Actually herding the cows might help with this, of course, but that's no way to make a living.

Ah well. I thought this one in Sibley Regional Park looked kinda picturesque.

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May 22, 2007

In a Sideshow

you'd call this The Reveal.


Among other fairly gratuitous bells and whistles, this computer came with a camera set into the monitor.

It also has a remote. I haven't attempted to deploy that yet.

(Edited to replace photo with another version, less purple.)

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May 21, 2007

RT Pushes My Buttons

Why yes I am a Richard Thompson fan. He won my flinty heart again with this:

We saw him performing this one at the Celtic festival in Sebastopol last year. I caught myself singing along with the stanzas as well as the chorus... Sometimes things just sing themselves, you know? Even if you've never heard them before.

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May 20, 2007

Among the Saved

Enlarge. Look fast!

rabbit run.JPG

One thing I was annoyed about losing on the old computer was this one, which I intend to crop and otherwise fool around with. Joe and I were fiddling with binocs and the camera and stuff at the start of a short walk on Pine Mountain in Marin County when a couple of jackrabbits came chasing down the path, did a jackrabbit doubletake at us, spun on their furry little heels and dashed back up the path into the chaparral.

As I had the camera pointed more or less in that direction anyway, I reflexively hit the shutter a time or two and caught this critter in mid-bound.

Pica, I did not send the pair of them up your way, I promise.

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May 18, 2007

Orts, Kipple, and Pocket Lint

Some links, passed on for your amusement.

Particularly for Sally:

Cat vs. turtle

Concentrated silliness

And with a hat tip to Sara:

If music be the food...

And some personal good news: The folks at M.A.C retrieved everything from the old computer. In fact, they said it still works -- slowly. We might find a use for it somewhere. We told them we'd buy a 250-gig separate hard drive from them if they retrieved anything to put onto it, and so it transpired. Now that's all hooked up for faithful and routine backups.

Anyone else ever notice that the scent of new computer equipment has something in common with lavender?

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Above a door on Alcatraz:


Enlarge and look more closely if you don't see it: The stripes on the shield have been altered just a bit into the word "FREE."

This was done during the Native American occupation of Alcatraz in 1969.

It's one of those double-reverse one-and-a-half-gainer sidewise cuts-both-ways little facts of history that the National Park Service hasn't painted it out, and that it gets pointed out to tourists.

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May 17, 2007


Still no word from the data retrieval people. Ulp.

On the other tentacle, we saw our first-ever Antioch Dunes evening primroses in the wild today. We volunteered to help with a plant count of, yeah, Antioch Dunes evening primrose.

This flower is of course rare and endangered, partly because it's endemic to a very small area that's been trashed in the name of civilization -- sand was mined from this aeolian dune spot to make, among other things, bricks that went into the reconstruction of San Francisco after the '06 quake.

Antioch Dunes NWR is, as far as I know, the only NWR that was set aside for a plant rather than an animal. It has an endangered animal, though, the Lange's metalmark butterfly, who as a caterpillar feeds on the naked-stem buckwheat we also saw there, just about to bloom. We saw a few (rare) Contra Costa wallflower in bloom too. Unfortunately we also saw lots of yellow starthistle, pepperweed, some herbaceous purple-flowered vetch, mustard, cranesbill, anmd other invasive exotics. Not to mention ripgut brome, whose awns I'm still pulling out of sox and sneakers.

Also saw a pair of kingfishers, Canada geese, western kingbird, mockingbirds, crows aplenty, cliff and rough-winged swallows, a male harrier, house finch, Brewer's blackbird, kestrel, others I'm too tired to remember.

Pix of the posies when I get them uploaded.

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May 12, 2007

Taking the Long View


Two western gulls on a ruin, Alcatraz. (Looks better enlarged.)

Well, we got a new computer after the debacle, and it's pretty nice. The mouse has a weird habit of skittering away -- OK, the cursor does that, but it does it so mousily...

The old one is still in the shop where they're attempting data recovery. I'd cross my fingers, but they don't seem to meet.* Meanwhile, every muscle in my tired old body seems to be permanently cramped. I wish Angela the massage magician were here.

* A free beer for anyone who gets the reference.

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May 08, 2007

Gloom, Despair, and Misery

Bruno, the main computer in our little publishing empire, has died The Death and taken whoknowshowmany irreplaceable and lately unbacked-up files along with him.

This is going to be an expensive pain in the ass, but it has occurred to me that it's something money can buy and that, if we ravage our savings, we have the money for.

It's a household appliance, not a major bodily organ or system. No one, AFAIK, is dying because of it. Nothing like real evil and loss to give one a sense of proportion.

So we're going on a press junket to Alcatraz tomorrow to, um, make money.

Meanwhile, anyone whose email address I ought to have might kindly consider re-sending it to me, as the Eudora files with emails and addresses are presumed among the lost.

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May 05, 2007



They really are sexy, aren't they?

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May 01, 2007

Monday Night Dose of Kyoot


Baby western pond turtle paddling up a muddy slough on Grizzly Island in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

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