Wow, they like me!
The latest edition, the Five Digital Snapshots edition, of the Carnival of Cities is now available for you to enjoy. There are several essays there that really make me miss .. other cities, other homes, that I've lived in. But they included a piece that I wrote, a piece that I had a lot of fun writing, as a matter of fact!
Archive for: October, 2007
Wow, they like me!
In NYC, the going fashion seems to be for the men to dress up as bumblebees (they walk around in suits and ties with the bouncing bee eyes mounted on slender springs on their heads), while the women all dress up as lampshades in red and black. Although one of my friends is dressed up as a barfly (can't imagine why ..). The little kids are dressed up as skeletons, princesses, angels and ghosts. I did run into one kid whom I accused of cross-dressing as the Easter bunny, although her mother told me that she actually was a pink poodle. I suppose some of the kids are dressed up in fancy, expensive outfits too, but I haven't tripped over them yet.
What are the standard hallowe'en costumes in your neck of the woods?
A fossilized brown hyena, Hyaena brunnea,
which lived in Europe 1.8 million years ago. [Larger view].
An amazing fossil find in the Andalusian savannah in southeast Spain has revealed that a large variety of animal species lived together in that region during the boundary between the Pliocene and Pleistocene epochs, 1.8 million years ago. This discovery has so far yielded a remarkable somorgasbord of fossilized remains from at least 24 large mammal species, eight small mammal species, two reptile species and one bird species.
Albus Dumbledore, Headmaster of Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
[Albus Dumbledore portrayed by Michael Gambon in HP films 3-5]
Image: Warner Bros (2003).
Okay, now we all know the horrible, terrible evil truth: Dumbledore is (GASP!) gay. Predictably, the religious wingnuts in American have gone .. er, nuts. They are throwing away all their copies of the Harry Potter books, are calling for the banning of the HP series, and are re-affirming their godliness by busily writing hatefilled screeds to fan websites and to JK Rowling (oooo, how very christian of them!!). As an example of this outpouring of good old-fashioned christian hatred, Melissa Anelli, who runs The Leaky Cauldron fan website, reported she has been inundated with hate mail.
Okay, this is amazing! One of my readers, who shall remain anonymous unless that person chooses to reveal him(her)self, has sent an Amazon gift certificate to me to purchase a digital camera. WOW! So I ask you, dear readers, which digital camera do you recommend? I want to take close-up pictures of birds (and insects and flowers) as well as pictures of birds that I am looking at while birding, which requires some sort of distance-focusing ability. I assume I should also have a fairly large memory card for those wallpaper sized images that I hope to share with you .. but you are the experts here, you are the ones with experience with digital cameras and can advise me as to what would best fit my needs, so please share your expertise with me!
[This was the suggested camera]
The little hawk-headed parrot is settling in fairly well. (S)he is rather cautious about me, reminding me, by flying away whenever the opportunity presents itself, that I am not the human that (s)he is familiar with. This will pass soon enough, though.
Do you want to cure your children of ever developing a fondness for rice wine? Here's the perfect solution! [1:08]
This is a picture of my new roommate, a young hawk-headed (red-fan) parrot, Deroptyus a. accipitrinus. This bird was captive born and raised. This picture was taken last week, so it gives you a good idea of what the bird looks like right now.
Image: Andrea Wiebolt [Larger size].
This video is a follow-up of the story I linked to earlier from Birds in the News 102 where Gloucester UK residents, Taffy and Jean Howells' African grey parrot, Severiano Ballesteros, is a big rugby fan [1:19]