Dec. 11th, 2010 12:31 pm
I bought a couple cornish game hens to make a small chicken soup with. They're about the size of, oh, a nanday or mitred conure. Bigger than a cockatiel, smaller than a gray.

I wonder, when the Carolina parakeet was hunted to extinction, I wonder how they tasted? There was no reason at all for their hunters to not eat them.

How sad, Wikipedia says the Carolina parakeets tended to flock around their dead.

Also sad, the binomial name for Carolina parakeets is conuropsis carolinensis, and the genus conuropsis is today called aratinga Kappa is an aratinga weddellii (Dusky conure). Aratinga solstitialii (sun conures) were just proclaimed an endangered species within the last 2 years or so.

η: Link to some up-close photos of a Carolina parakeet and a passenger pigeon in the Duke University collection. Don't click that link if images of dead birds squick you out.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] the_xtina for the linkage.

Edit: When is the picture from? I feel like it's pre-inauguration, so it might be even better if it were a picture during the ceremony itself.


Nov. 10th, 2008 09:49 pm
Just for [livejournal.com profile] sclerotic_rings - oh wait it's [livejournal.com profile] txtriffidranch now - :

Look, it's sleepy! ^_^
Here's some recent cute photos of Kappa!

Almonds in the shell are one of her favorite toy/treats.
Lookit how smooth the feathers on her belly look after her molt. I'm so proud! ^_^

more here )

X-posted to [livejournal.com profile] parrots101

I saw this flag flying in Savannah, GA, on my road trip this summer, and at the time couldn't identify it. It's apparently the first version of the US flag, called the Grand Union Flag, flown unofficially from 1775 to 1777, when a flag was officially adopted, replacing the Union Jack in the canton (corner) with the more well known field of blue with 13 stars. The Grand Union Flag draws inspiration from the flag of the British East India Company.
Spoonbill (?) at National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD

The horror!

Can you tell I'm sorting my trip photos for the last couple of weeks?
Anyone have a link to a tutorial on how to do automation (possibly called "batch" or "action") in either GIMP or Photoshop Elements? I have a layer (a signature) in Image A that I want to paste into 200 other images, resize, move into the corner, and save.

And while I'm asking, that layer is currently white and I want to change it to black. Man, there's so many things I've forgotten.


May. 31st, 2008 03:02 pm
I need a money icon. Any suggestions?

Image Meme

May. 30th, 2008 12:08 pm
1. Think of the first word that comes to mind when you think of me.

2. Go to Google Images and search for that word.

3. Reply to this post with one of the pictures on the first page of results (don't tell me the word).

4. Do this in your own LJ, if you wish.

Yoinked from [livejournal.com profile] amavia.
PHD Comics: Vicious Cycle

Having a very interesting conversation with Foxtrot comparing a couple of images. Rather than recreating the discussion here, I'll post the two images and see what y'all think of them.

Edit: Some people weren't seeing the proper image on the left before. I replaced it with a different version of the image, should work now.


Mar. 11th, 2008 01:14 pm
From my Dad

There's a new Chinese supermarket next to the bagel bakery where I get breakfast. It's aptly named "New York Mart".
Check out their new sign!

At least they got "ATM" right.....
I wonder if the top part of the sign is correct.
What's really weird is that they have several other signs, all spelling the name correctly.


Mar. 4th, 2008 11:20 am
asterroc: (Astro - H-alpha)
When you google for "electromagnetic spectrum" images for a presentation you're doing for an astro class, among the top 20 hits is this.

I'd totally forgotten about it.
asterroc: (doll)
Earlier this year, one of my Mom's cousins emailed us a crapload of family photos, mostly from the 1920's and 20's I think, that he'd scanned and color-corrected. I've finally uploaded them to Flickr and added some of my own commentary. In case you'd like to see a few samples and don't want to go there, here's some of my favorites.

If the flower in the girl's hair is is white, that means she lost a mother or father recently, according to [livejournal.com profile] blahblahboy's mother. Seeing as these are "family" photos, and no one else in the family there has a flower in their hair, I suspect the girl is a family servant. (Then again, would a servant have been in a family photo?)

Oh yeah, did I mention they were stinkin' rich? That's real fur.

There's so much character revealed in their faces, and more yet hidden.

I actually know everyone in this photo. It's Atlantic City, 1960's.

Nga Boo on the left. I wear that jacket in the summer now. The same jacket, not a repro. I'm guessing 1970's-80's?
asterroc: (xkcd - Fuck the Cosine)
For those of you who aren't already familiar with my skin condition, hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), you may wish to skim that link. [livejournal.com profile] framefolly, remember how I said the other day that you shouldn't post anything unlocked that you wouldn't get up in front of a room and tell your whole class? Well, my posts on HS are my exception to that rule, b/c I want to make the condition more well-known and remove the stigma from it. I *still* wouldn't stand up in front of a class and tell them about it, primarily b/c it's not relevant to the class, but I have talked about it with a couple individual students.

So, back to the reason for this post. I've got a cyst at the belt line. I haven't had one this big in months, that much is great, but getting one now isn't. It's probably *because* of pants that I have it in the first place - pants rub on your waist, but you don't ever notice it until you have a horrible painful bump right under that rubbing spot. How painful?

This painful: (photo) )

Yeah, I've never shown pictures of it before, not sure what prompted me to do so now.

I cannot wear normal pants b/c the belt line falls right atop the cyst. I can't wear low-rise jeans b/c the very top edge of the waist rubs against the bottom of the cyst. I can't even wear normal sleep pants, despite how soft they are. What I'm wearing right now is these cotton super thin sleep pants without elastic that are basically the scrubs you wear as a hospitial patient. I tie them very loose so they're nearly falling off my hips and then they're below the cyst enough that it only irritates a little. Yes, that's my pink undies you see right below the cyst, bikini style, that's how low I have to wear these sleep pants. And I'm currently wearing a sweatshirt without any elastic at the bottom, because again the elastic would rub on it. Even so, moving around too much hurts because your skin always flexes. (Never noticed that before, did you?)

So what do I wear to work? I had to dress nice today for a luncheon, so I found a long sleeve slightly formless dress (c/o the last chorus I was in), in black velvet(een?). Since it was black, I spruced it up with red and green so it wouldn't look like I was going to a funeral - it's appropriate for a NYC wedding instead. ;)

See? )

Tomorrow if it's clear I'm going to have to stay out late with a class doing an extra-credit observing session, so a dress is out. I'm debating wearing a dress during the day and changing into overalls, or just wearing overalls. I'm probably going to go with the overalls just b/c changing's ridiculous. I don't like dressing that sloppy, but I think it's warranted - overalls are also warmer than normal pants. Ooh, I can wear the ones Mom made me, out of really nice white tapestry material. If I already sewed the button back on, hm, maybe not. :-\

I hate my skin. Back to soaking it.


Nov. 6th, 2007 10:27 pm
Lookit at what a couple went and did on Cute Overload.

Say Yes: Jess, will you marry me?

And the answer is: Absolutely YES!

If you haven't been following the news about the wildfires around LA and south-western California, the satellite photo below tells the picture pretty well.

click for higher res versions

Note that the fires are producing the white smoke that looks nearly like rain clouds. I believe the tan streaks off of Mexico are sand and dirt being blown by the winds. Red spots are where the fire is currently burning. If you click on the image, you'll get a higher res version from NASA, and if you pick "250m pixel size" you'll get the highest available.

If you live in SoCal, expect asthma and allergy problems. Apparently most of the soot particles are small enough that they'll go right through normal dust masks. If you have birds, get them out of the region, North or East, if you can.


Sep. 28th, 2007 10:31 pm
OMFG, today's XKCD is FTW!!!



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