Monthly Archive: January 2013

Jan 31 2013

Unidentified Flying Dinosaur: Stunning – No, Make That Stunned – Hummingbird

UFD I. Photo courtesy Connie.

I’ve been thinking of putting out a feeder, but it appears there are hazards I hadn’t considered. For instance, unconscious hummingbirds.

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Jan 30 2013

Fundamentals of Fungi: Nature Decorates with a Delicate Orange Crepe

Fungi I

No 2000+ word screeds today, I’m afraid – I’d had all the research done for what I wanted to write, only it turned out to not be what I want to write, and so I’m busy with further research for what I really want to write, which is hopefully going to be what I want …

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Jan 29 2013

A Refresher for Allies

Recently, I watched a conversation among allies go sadly awry. This was a private venue and I won’t repeat the specifics. They’re not necessary, really: gather together a mixed collection of people whose goals are similar but backgrounds are not, and you can watch the same thing happen. The folks in the group that are …

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Jan 28 2013

Mystery Flora: Early to Rise

Mystery Flower I

People. There’s stuff blooming in the bleeding middle of January. Either the plants are very confused, or this bush is very brave. Here ’tis, lustily blooming on in the middle of a deep freeze. This was taken on the same day I went about looking at needle ice and  leaves encased in ice. And right …

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Jan 27 2013

Sunday Song: Eternal Ice

Needle ice.

I’ve been pining for winter. Yes, I know it’s winter, but it’s one of those warmish Seattle winters where it’s just solid gray and dribbly. No lovely white snow (and right now, I’d give up a day’s driving for snow. Snow! Sparkly white pretty snow! Just something, anything, different than this endless dripping gray). Too …

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Jan 26 2013

Something Beautiful, Something Blue: Seattle from Alkai

"Something Beautiful, Something Blue." Seattle from Alkai, view across the Sound with a spray of water over the Space Needle.

I love my adopted city. I’ve never been much of a big-city person, and I’d frankly rather be out in the mostly wild spaces most of the time, but I’ve always adored Seattle. I find her beautiful from most every angle. I love wandering round downtown, rambling among the hills and the shops and the …

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Jan 25 2013

Friday Freethought: “Laws spring from the instinct of self-preservation”

One thing one learns from reading the works of 19th century freethinkers is that the arguments of the religious haven’t changed. That being so, when theocrats like Alabama high court buffoon Roy Moore spout bullshit like “most of what we do in court comes from some Scripture or is backed by Scripture,” we don’t have …

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Jan 24 2013

New at Rosetta Stones: Buried in a Blast Cloud

We’re concluding our eyewitness accounts of the Mount St. Helens lateral blast with tales from those who were on the ground – literally. These are among the most harrowing of the survivors’ stories. These were folks who were caught outside, no shelter, in the direct line of the blast. Not everyone with them survived. And …

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Jan 23 2013

Where Was This Contraction Contraption When I Needed It?

(Warning: the following is not for those prone to calling the waaahmbulance. You have been Warned.) So my uterus is doing that thing where it reminds me it’s still young and healthy by simulating a day or two of labor, and interfering with any useful work I might be liable to get done otherwise. I’ve …

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Jan 21 2013

New at Rosetta Stones: Interview Madness!

Chris Rowan has posted his interview of me, and I have posted about his posted interview, and now I am posting about posting about etc. It’s a good thing I haven’t got a third geoblog or this could have got rather fractal. I’ll be returning from hiatus soon, hopefully. Thank you all for your kind …

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