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Politics [Jun. 19th, 2019|04:59 pm]
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Joe Biden would make a pretty good POTUS, I think. I doubt he'll make it through the DNC primary, though, as crazy as they are these days.

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And, Stewart is gone in the PM race. Boris is about 13 votes short of 50%.

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Birb! [Jun. 15th, 2019|07:56 pm]
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[music |Jefferson Airplane: Fast Buck Freddie]

A cool, drizzly day today. Everyone hit the feeders pretty heavily, as that was their best chance of getting a meal on a day like this, especially if they didn't want to be out for hours in the rain.

Sparrows at their Tube Feeder
The tube feeder is encrusted with Sparrows! There's one on every perch, and about another ten or so out of sight on the ground, snapping up what's dropped. I love how they cooperate on stuff like that.

Red-Bellied Woodpecker eating out of the Seed Tube
A Red-Bellied Woodpecker cock eating from the seed tube. I think he's after the sunflower seeds, which the Sparrows don't seem to care for anyway. He has to be uncomfortable like that, but it's evidently worth it for the reward.

Juvenile Downy Woodpecker Out with Dad
Baby Downy Woodpecker, just out of the nest for a day or two, explores the back yard with his dad. The juvenile is a male - you can tell by the red crest growing in. Interestingly, while you see the red flash on the back of the adult's head, the red feathers actually grow on top, as you see here. As he grows and his display feathers get longer, they sweep back, and black feathers sweep backward to cover them.

Downy Woodpecker Dad eats from Cake Feeder, as Child watches.
Dad demonstrates how to eat cake from the feeder, as junior watches.

Downy Woodpecker Dad Feeds his Juvenile Son.
The baby doesn't quite make the connection yet. Dad patiently feeds him bird cake. This is the same male, I'm just about certain, who back in April chased away the hen that was interested in him when she got too close to his food. https://rain-gryphon.dreamwidth.org/79252.html A few months made quite a difference.

Chipmunk Eats from Cake Feeder
A Chipmunk raids the cake feeder, when none of the birds are using it. I'm kind of surprised. That's a dried mealworm cake. I'd not have thought that to a Chipmunk's taste.

Chipmunk with cheeks stuffed full of bird cake.
Chipmunk cheeks! On her way back home, to get out of the rain and enjoy her dinner.

Dusk now, and the tube feeder is empty, and the bird cake gone. I filled both feeders last night, and will do so again tonight, it seems.

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A Summer Salad [Jun. 15th, 2019|06:40 pm]
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[music |Jefferson Airplane: When the Earth Moves Again]

Summer Salad

Cucumber
Onion (red onions are excellent for this)
Tomatoes
Chunky Italian dressing

Start with roughly equal amounts of each vegetable. Quarter the cucumber length-wise. Chop the cucumber spears into pieces about a half inch thick. Chop the tomato into half inch or so chunks. Alternately, you can just use cherry tomatoes. Chop the onion into fairly large pieces, around a half inch from side to side. Drench it all with chunky Italian dressing, mix it up, and serve.

Garlic and/or grated parmesan cheese make nice additions to this.

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Goal! [Jun. 14th, 2019|04:18 pm]
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England finally get one past that woman! The Argentine goalie has pretty much carried the game for her team. In a way, I'm kind of sorry to see her scored against, 'cause she played like a hero.

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PM Race [Jun. 13th, 2019|01:59 pm]
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So, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are leading the field to be the next PM, and Stewart and Hancock are bringing up the rear.

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World Tree? [Jun. 12th, 2019|10:01 pm]
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[music |Jefferson Airplane: Mexico]

Does anyone play World Tree anymore? Way back when, in '08 and '09, there were lots of online groups, and even a local FTF one, but my unpredictable schedule kept me from taking part. I managed one session, at Morphicon 2010, when we had Bard & Victoria Bloom for Gs of H, and that was it. Now, I'm actually able to set time aside every week, and I'd like to play, but there seems to be no more interest in the game. Anyone?

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... [Jun. 12th, 2019|10:35 am]
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The French are evidently doing that whole affirmative action thing, and hiring blind people to do their video reviews.

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I Should be Singing Along [Jun. 12th, 2019|08:03 am]
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So, I'm not the only person stupid enough to have done this, and I apparently thought of it about 40 years before anyone else, too.

To be honest, the idea is probably as old as sticky tape. There seems to be a modern assumption that the first time a fad shows on the internet marks its actual beginning.

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I skipped watching the America / Thailand game, as I had stuff I needed to get done, and figured it would be a steamrollering anyway. Well...

There seems to be some criticism, mainly here, that running up the score was unsportsmanlike. If it were two American teams playing one another, I'd agree, but as several foreign friends have pointed out over the years, that seems to be mainly a US / Canadian thing, and nobody else sees it that way.

If advancement comes down to points differential, we're covered.

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After watching France / Korea, and now America / Thailand, it's difficult to avoid the conclusion that some of the teams are just added to the schedule as filler.

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What a Massacre! [Jun. 7th, 2019|04:55 pm]
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French coach looks dour.

French women all seem taller than the Koreans.

Koreans have decided not to go halfsies with the Tubby Tyrant's team this time.

The French have roosters on their jerseys, instead of hens. Hens would be better, IMHO. Actually, they should have Ettie.

I find myself cheering on the French, as I imagine Ettie playing on their team.

9' France 1-0. It's pretty obvious already how this is going to turn out.

27' I do not like the idea of stopping games for review to begin with, and like it still less when it produces bad results. That was such a monster kick, too!

34' France is pretty much suppressing Korea. France 2-0.

45' Only two minutes of stoppage time. They wasted at least three minutes on that review.

45 +2' Korean goalie might as well have been a cardboard cutout on that last goal. I wonder if she thought the half was already over?

France up by 3 at the half. Should be 4. French coach still looks dour.

62' Koreans manage a shot (barely) on goal. French goalie casually catches it. That's pretty well the high point of the game for the Koreans so far. If I were the Korean coach, I'd be resting my good guys for Nigeria at this point. This is a massacre.

69' Poor Korean coach is clapping and acting enthusiastic to keep his team pumped.

71' Korean goalie is hurt :( Not badly, it seems.

76' For Pete's sake, Korea... That was just sad. *I* could kick on goal from that range.

79' French player is double then triple-teamed by the Koreans in the corner. She comes out on top.

82' French coach manages a neutral expression.

84' 4-0 France.

90+3 French coach manages a slight smile. 4-0 France final. It wasn't nearly as close as that makes it sound. It could have been 8-0 if they'd pushed in the second half like they did the first.

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Ettie! [Jun. 7th, 2019|01:14 pm]
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OH MY GOD!!!

That is a SWEETHEART of a mascot!!


Cutest Chicken Ever!


I think the Age of Shitty Postmodern Mascots is officially ended :D

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