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Aug. 20th, 2017

01:04 pm - Blooming Air Plant

In March, Ann and I went to the Jacksonville, Florida area for a vacation. One thing that's different about the area is that the trees are covered with air plants (many of them are called mosses, but they're not). As a souvenir, I picked up an air plant from the ground next to the tree it fell from and brought it home in a protective box.

I've been watering it by misting it with water. Last month, I read that once a week I should soak air plants in rain water (lots of nutrients). Up to now, it's been hard to tell if it's thriving or not. It's a bundle of pale green leaves. However this afternoon, I noticed that it has two tiny purple flowers.

I think it's a Tillandsia recurvata (aka ball moss (even though it's not a moss)). Reading about it in detail, I think I might move it from the kitchen window to the indirect light of the upstairs bathroom's skylight. It might also like the occasional moist air from the shower.

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Jun. 15th, 2017

11:49 pm - Lost and Found

The US Navy reports that a sailor thought lost at sea, was found alive seven days later hiding in engineering. Didn't Star Trek do that story 50 years ago?

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Apr. 28th, 2017

05:21 pm - Cheeky Chipmunk

I briefly made a chipmunk happy when I temporarily left the bird feeder on the ground.

chipmunk photo

Note the size of his cheeks. He made at least three visit to the feeder.

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Sep. 12th, 2016

10:42 pm - 404 Error: Beds Missing

While reading an article in the Boston Globe, I came across this sentence. I had to pause for a moment and realize they weren't talking about missing (404 error) beds.

"The state’s dominant pediatric hospital, with 404 inpatient beds and numerous outpatient clinics, wants to add 71 beds to its Longwood campus"

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Feb. 12th, 2016

12:22 pm

Recently, while wandering through KMart, I saw a display of large (100 litre) bags of bean bag fill (tiny Styrofoam spheres). Since I had an old bean bag that needed to be refilled, I grabbed a bag.

Kmart's web page for the fill says:

Refill is ideal for keeping your beanbag furniture in top shape. Our whole, virgin beads easily make your beanbag fluffy and comfortable within minutes. Just unzip the zippered bottom of your beanbag, pour your new beads in, zip your beanbag up, and you're done, it's really that easy.

They forgot to mention the part where you vacuum afterwards (the new beans went in easily as they said, but the old bean crumbs would woosh out every time you released your grip on the chair and it settled down.

Ann is off to do some errands, including getting two more bags of bean bag fill. The large bag is very large and needs more, plus we have a "high back" bean bag chair that is no longer high.

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Oct. 27th, 2015

11:08 am - Comic Strip Conspiracy

I have long been convinced that comic strip artists must communicate in some way (email, bar chats, forum, ...) and occasionally share ideas for a comic strip or give each other challenges. Two of yesterday's comic strips appear to provide support for my theory. There is no way it could be a coincidence that these two comic strip artists published nearly identical comic strips on the same day.
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Sep. 15th, 2015

09:31 pm - Geography Quiz

Recently, I was at a state highway rest stop that sold pink flamingos (along with other stuff).

Where was I and why were they selling them?

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Aug. 1st, 2015

04:16 pm - Weather Update

At lunch, we had a brief discussion about the weather. It went something like this:

Ann: Eek, it's raining heavily.
Me: No it's not
Ann: Yes it is.
Me: From where I'm sitting I see skies of blue.
Ann: Look behind you
Before we had lunch, we could see the approaching dark clouds (and we checked the weather radar to see what was going to happen). When the rain arrived from the west, there was a brief period where the back of the house was in the middle of a huge deluge while the front of the house was completely dry.

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Current Location: Kitchen

Jul. 16th, 2015

12:08 am - RIP: my-cast.com

I know it's a bit silly, but I am sad about the demise of the weather site my-cast.com. It had been my go to website when I wanted to know what today or tomorrow's weather would be. I've been using it for something like 10 years. It has a nice simple UI. At the top of the page was a static weather map, with a play button to show you an animated version of the past hour's radar images. Below that it had a summary of the weather for the next five days. It also had a button to switch to its predictions of the weather for the next couple of hours. It also used a cookie, so the next time you visited the site it would remember the town you searched for.

That was it for the UI. No ads, silly articles, extraneous details - just the information you wanted for a quick summary of the weather. Unlike weather.gov, it worked in both the US and Europe (I didn't try other continents).

I used the website last night, but I went there this morning, the website was replaced with a photo of a sunset on a lake and the message:

Effective July 15, 2015, the my-cast.com website has been shut down.
Thank you for being a patron of our site for the last 15+ years.
The My-Cast Team

I'll probably switch to the Weather Underground, but their UI is not as simple as my-cast was.

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Jun. 22nd, 2015

10:55 pm - Firefly Party

After counting fireflies for the MOS Firefly Watch (https://legacy.mos.org/fireflywatch/), I ran back in to get my camera and tripod. This is a 6 second exposure. I think I captured the same firefly doing a quick four-flash twice.

From Critters

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