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lsleofskye: Santa Cruz Island | posesawkwardly

Posted by jbc on October 19th, 2017 at 12:03 pm

lsleofskye:

Santa Cruz Island | posesawkwardly

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heartofoshun: Captain and Shieldmaiden by Achen089      ‘Then,…

Posted by jbc on October 19th, 2017 at 7:04 am

heartofoshun:

Captain and Shieldmaiden by Achen089

     ‘Then, Éowyn of Rohan, I say to you that you are beautiful. In the valleys of our hills there are flowers fair and bright, and maidens fairer still; but neither flower nor lady have I seen till now in Gondor so lovely, and so sorrowful. It may be that only a few days are left ere darkness falls upon our world, and when it comes I hope to face it steadily; but it would ease my heart, if while the Sun yet shines, I could see you still. For you and I have both passed under the wings of the Shadow, and the same hand drew us back.’

     ‘Alas, not me, lord!’ she said. ‘Shadow lies on me still. Look not to me for healing! I am a shieldmaiden and my hand is ungentle. But I thank you for this at least, that I need not keep to my chamber. I will walk abroad by the grace of the Steward of the City.’

The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings

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Hey lies!! Lies! Hey!! I’m so excited!! I just saw what i think was an adult female merlin outside my back door!! I opened my door and it was just there on the ground, and i looked at it, and it looked at me, and then it flew away. It must have just caught something because there were feathers strewn all around where it was standing (they were small and black, from a black phoebe i think??? we’ve got a lot of those). I didn’t know what it was at first because it was so small!! but it was cute!

Posted by jbc on October 18th, 2017 at 4:48 pm

That is so cool! (Well, except for the phoebe. Kind of a bummer for them.) But yeah! Merlins are the best!

As it turns out I’m about 90 minutes away from giving a talk on birds of prey as part of my ongoing series of beginner birdwatching classes I’m doing, and my talk has Actual Merlin Content. There’s a Merlin (or maybe more than one; I’m not sure) that I’ve been seeing a fair amount in the last few weeks as I’ve been ramping up my birding obsession in anticipation of the Christmas Count. A few days ago I got to watch it chasing/being chased by a group of crows at the Carpinteria Bluffs. That ruled.

Fun fact (of which you may already be aware): A few years ago ornithologists were surprised to discover that falcons have more genetic code in common (and hence share a more-recent common ancestor) with parrots than they do with other birds of prey. The fact that falcons look and act like hawks is more a case of convergent evolution than actual close kinship.

So: Awesome fastest-creature-on-earth murder parrots FTW!

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essenceofarda: More Silmarillion and lotr sketches :)Young…

Posted by jbc on October 18th, 2017 at 12:03 pm

essenceofarda:

More Silmarillion and lotr sketches :)

Young Galadriel, young Celeborn, and a little

Celebrían.

Also Beren and

Lúthien. 

As I’m reading the book I’m sketching out the characters as they appear in my mind. I’m having lots of fun sketching out how I imagine the characters… but I’m falling behind :’O

Thingol and Melian

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Lies you NEED to watch the 2007 Northanger Abbey!!!! It’s not perfect, but the leads are terrifically charming (Felicity Jones!! JJ Fields! There’s even Carey Mulligan as Isabella Thorpe!). Please watch and let me know what you think :D

Posted by jbc on October 18th, 2017 at 10:48 am

I’m def. gonna.

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tinysaurus-rex: THE TINIEST FEET

Posted by jbc on October 18th, 2017 at 7:04 am

tinysaurus-rex:

THE TINIEST FEET

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Countdown to Volvo Ocean Race >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

Posted by jbc on October 17th, 2017 at 9:22 pm

Countdown to Volvo Ocean Race >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News:

a-solitary-sea-rover:

On October 22 at 1200 UTC, the longest endurance race in the world begins, the Volvo Ocean Race. Libby Greenhalgh, who was navigator for Team SCA in the 2014-15 edition, shares insight as the seven teams prepare for this eight month challenge.

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quickthreebeers: I’ve been on a brief hiatus because helping…

Posted by jbc on October 17th, 2017 at 9:22 pm

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quickthreebeers:

I’ve been on a brief hiatus because helping the people you care about is more important than birding. I had originally planned to leave South Jersey once I got my truck up and running, but I’ve stayed a week longer. I got extremely lucky as I heard reports of a White-winged tern in Philadelphia just as I was headed to Camden! I (naturally) forgot my camera, but did get a terrible-quality video of this rare visitor! (at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge At Tinicum)

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“Meanwhile, in Alaska, the change in administrations in Washington had a more direct impact. In 2014,…”

Posted by jbc on October 17th, 2017 at 9:22 pm

“Meanwhile, in Alaska, the change in administrations in Washington had a more direct impact. In 2014, the EPA, which was still under the management of people who believe that the mission of an environmental protection administration is to, you know, protect the environment, virtually stopped the construction of the Pebble Mine. There have been several hearings over the past few weeks and all indications are that the EPA will soon get out of the way and let the project move forward. The Pebble Mine is an environmental disaster in waiting. It is a massive gold and copper mine hard by the world’s greatest salmon fishery. 60 million salmon a month run through Bristol Bay, and the salmon caught there represent half of the salmon eaten in the world last year. There is so much salmon in and around the bay that humans and bears can catch their respective limits and not get in each other’s way. And, for centuries, the bay has been a reliable source of food for the local native peoples, who also have lined up against the mine. The problem is that the gold beneath the earth at the head of Bristol Bay is buried with millions of tons of sulphur. Mix sulphur, air, and water and you get acid, which does not mix well with salmon at all.”

The Pebble Mine Is an Environmental Disaster in Waiting
(via dendroica)

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virovac: silentflightfeathers: allosauroid: Bristol Bay, home…

Posted by jbc on October 17th, 2017 at 9:22 pm

virovac:

silentflightfeathers:

allosauroid:

Bristol Bay, home to half the world’s Sockeye salmon population, is about to be destroyed.

For more than 15 years, Northern Dynasty
Minerals
, a Canadian mining company, has sought to build a gold and
copper mine in Bristol Bay. And this spring, the Trump administration
took swift action to make that prospect more likely. Environmental
Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt met on May 1 with the CEO of the
Pebble Limited Partnership, a subsidiary of the mining company, CNN reported on September 22
based on interviews and government emails. Little more than an hour
later, according to internal emails, the administrator directed his
staff to reverse Obama-era protections for Bristol Bay, which had been
created after years of scientific review. Based on that work, the
previous administration had aimed to pre-emptively veto certain mining
activities in the ecologically important region.
(Src)

If this mine goes through: Thousands of jobs will be lost, an entire ecosystem will be destroyed and the world’s Sockeye salmon population will be decimated.

We have til October 17th to let the EPA know this decision is wrong.

You can also help by sharing this post and telling others that this is happening, awareness is key!

Shared and Commented! 
Follow the link, there are a lot of words on the page, but the place to comment is on the top right of your screen and says “Comment Here.” It doesn’t require your personal information to comment, but you can submit it with your e-mail for a ‘receipt.’

If you can’t think of what to say here’s mine:
“I am opposed to the proposal to withdraw from the 2014 Proposed Determination that protects Bristol Bay.

This proposal threatens the preservation and continuation of a waterway vital to the health of a key species. Its destruction via the byproducts of the mining process would result in the decimation of the local fishing industry and create cascading destructive effects on ecosystems upstream that depend upon healthy Sockeye Salmon spawning runs.

Please continue to ensure the well-being of this vital waterway by enforcing the EPA region 10 July 2014 Proposed Determination.”

ways to make your opinion known:

  1. Federal eRulemaking Portal (recommended method): Visit regulations.gov (docket ID: EPA-R10-OW-2017-0369) and follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  2. Email: ow-docket@epa.gov (reference docket number EPA-R10-OW-2017-0369 in the email subject line).

Federal eRulemaking Portal (recommended method): Visit regulations.gov (docket ID: EPA-R10-OW-2017-0369) and follow the instructions for submitting comments.Email: ow-docket@epa.gov (reference docket number EPA-R10-OW-2017-0369 in the email subject line).

Not sure how fast post office is fast enough with only two (maybe three) days left but can also mail

Mail:
Water Docket, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Mail Code 28221T
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20460
Attention: Docket ID No. EPA-R10-OW-2017-0369

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artist-sargent: Louise Burckhardt (also known as Lady with a…

Posted by jbc on October 17th, 2017 at 12:02 pm

artist-sargent:

Louise Burckhardt (also known as Lady with a Rose), 1882, John Singer Sargent

Size: 113.7×213.4 cm
Medium: oil, canvas

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catonhottinroof: Amedee Joullin      In the Garden, Santa…

Posted by jbc on October 17th, 2017 at 7:04 am

catonhottinroof:

Amedee Joullin     

In the Garden, Santa Barbara Mission, 1889

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Yo La Tengo – Don’t Have to Be So SadYou and me were at some…

Posted by jbc on October 16th, 2017 at 11:07 pm

Yo La Tengo – Don’t Have to Be So Sad

You and me were at some goldfish pond
And I, I was tagging along for the ride
All the big-mouthed fish really made us laugh

And while I stood still, I felt a chill
I thought that maybe you did too
I wanted to feel that way forever

And that’s why if you’re looking at me, I’ll try
To be what you want to see, and if I’m
If I’m ever that lucky
You won’t have to be so, you won’t have to be so sad

You won’t have to be so sad

Last night I was trying to read in bed
I got to watching you sleep instead
Even when I got tired, I couldn’t stop

Because I love you so
And I pray you know
But I’m not much for praying
I knew I couldn’t say that without making a joke

And that’s why if you’re looking at me, I’ll try
To be what you want to see, and if I’m
If I’m ever that lucky
You won’t have to be so, you won’t have to be so sad

You won’t have to be so sad

Yeah, that’s why if you’re looking at me, I’ll try
To be what you want to see, and if I’m
If I’m ever that lucky
You won’t have to be so, you won’t have to be so sad

You won’t have to be so sad
You won’t have to be so sad

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theartjournals: Dreamy & Vibrant Graphic Illustrations by…

Posted by jbc on October 16th, 2017 at 5:02 pm

theartjournals:

Dreamy & Vibrant Graphic Illustrations by Jenny Yu

Website | Instagram

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rivermusic: Glorious North Cascades by adrian 

Posted by jbc on October 16th, 2017 at 12:02 pm

rivermusic:

Glorious North Cascades by adrian 

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Race officials finally posted the full replay of the Alicante…

Posted by jbc on October 16th, 2017 at 11:33 am

Race officials finally posted the full replay of the Alicante in-port race on YouTube, though apparently they kept it hidden for a while, which confuses me, but whatever. Commentary after a cut to preserve the dashboards of the non-obsessed.

Boats designed to surf monster waves in the Southern Ocean aren’t the easiest things to get around a short windward-leeward course in 8 knots of wind. But for me this race was surprisingly exciting to watch for one reason: The whole thing was basically over before the starting gun went off.

I’ve linked to that point in the video (around 8:31). Analysis with screenshots follows.

Here’s a helicopter shot with 1:26 to go:

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The wind is blowing from the right. That powerboat sitting by itself toward the lower right is the race committee boat that marks the right end of the starting line; the tiny yellow dot above it is the inflatable buoy that marks the left end of the line.

The seven Volvo 65s are easy to recognize because of their sponsor graphics. Lining up on starboard tack in that group in the lower left, AkzoNobel is in front with the purple and blue sails. They were skippered in this race by navigator Jules Salter, because previous skipper Simeon Tienpont quit/was fired a few days earlier. (There are dueling press releases and much drama; it’s all still playing out as of Monday.)

Scallywag is the boat closest to the camera with the gray sails and the red and white swoosh. Vestas/11th Hour is the light blue main with the dark blue stripe and the white headsail, and Dongfeng is the red and gray sails beyond them.

Coming toward us to the left of them on port tack is Brunel, whose strategy apparently was to swoop in behind the other boats and tack onto starboard at the last minute. But tacking one of these boats with a Masthead Code 0 in light winds is a tricky maneuver.

Just coming into view in the extreme lower left is Turn the Tide on Plastic (TTToP), skippered by Goofball Boat Mom Dee Caffari. They haven’t even unrolled their Code 0 yet. But that’s fine; the boats in front of them are early and will have to kill time.

Way up at the other end of the line, that little red mainsail is MAPFRE. Like TTToP they haven’t unrolled their headsail yet. They’re just hanging out, jogging slowly toward the pin end of the line. The race commentators are going to offer them premature condolences in a minute. But with the benefit of hindsight, looking at this image: They’ve already won.

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With 1:11 to go, Brunel is making their tack. They’re slow rolling up the headsail (a requirement for tacking the Masthead 0), though, and it’s going to hurt them badly. On TTToP, Boat Mom has unrolled her headsail and is starting to move into view in the lower left. Meanwhile, MAPFRE is still just chilling out there at the far end of the line.

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With less than a minute to go, AkzoNobel is bearing off to avoid being over early. Vestas has them pinned to leeward, though, so there’s not a lot of room. Brunel is head to wind with their headsail furled. It’s been 13 seconds since the last screenshot, which means this tack is taking them a long time. Boat Mom is diving down to try to squeeze in to leeward of Scallywag.

MAPFRE still hasn’t unrolled their headsail.

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At 47 seconds to go, the four starboard-tack boats closest to the line are all reaching off to avoid being over early.

MAPFRE’s just hanging out. Um, guys (and gals): You realize there’s a race today, right?

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Thirty-seven seconds to go. The three lead starboard tack boats are a mess. Dongfeng has the right of way as leeward boat, and is holding the other two up toward the line rather than giving them acceleration room. Scallywag is diving down to prevent Boat Mom getting a leeward overlap and doing the same thing to them. Brunel has completed their tack, but they’re so far below the line and in such disturbed air from all the shenanigans ahead of them that they’re basically stuck in the water.

Aboard MAPFRE they finally have a headsail, yay! But that’s not all they’ve got:

  • They’re right up on the starting line, rather than 3-5 boatlengths to leeward of it like the other boats. In these conditions that’s huge.
  • They’ve got clear air.
  • They’ve got an open stretch of water into which they can accelerate.
  • They’ve got a position that in a minute is going to give them the right side of the racecourse, where they’ve (correctly) predicted the wind is going to be stronger during the coming beat.

On the other hand they’re on port tack, and every other boat has the right of way, so they’re basically going to have to duck the entire fleet. But given all the advantages listed above, it’s worth it.

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Thirty seconds. The lead group of starboard tackers has hardened up for the line, though they’re still a little early. Each of them is trying to create a gap to leeward into which they can accelerate. But since they’re all trying to do it in the same place none of them is being particularly successful.

Meanwhile, MAPFRE is reaching off with the Masthead 0 trimmed for speed.

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Twenty seconds. The leading five starboard tackers are all using whatever gap they have to try to build speed. Brunel is still stuck to leeward.

MAPFRE has started to bear away to go below the starboard tackers. It’s a controlled maneuver, though, unlike the speed-killing gyrations the other boats are doing.

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Ten seconds. The starboard-tackers are all hardening up for the line. Brunel is basically parked.

It’s hard to see them, but MAPFRE is screaming in (relatively speaking) on port tack, aiming to shave the sterns of the fleet.

Here’s what that moment looked like from MAPFRE’s perspective, courtesy of the video they posted to Twitter:

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They’re approaching Dongfeng, the lead boat in the starboard-tackers. Antonio Cuervas-Mons (”Ñeti”) is on the bow. As bowman his job is to tell the helmsman (Pablo Arrarte) where to go, because it’s easier to judge the distances from the bow.

The closed-fist gesture means “hold your course.” The wind-it-up gesture means “go for it; head closer to the starting line.”

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Ñeti calling the duck of AkzoNobel. This is a key moment. Looking around the front of the headsail, Ñeti sees something that Pablo on the helm can’t see: Brunel is going so slowly that a gap has opened up in front of them, and MAPFRE has a chance to squeeze through. So Ñeti gives the wind-it-up sign: go for it.

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That same moment, two seconds before the starting gun, from the helicopter’s perspective.

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MAPFRE charging through the gap just after the gun. They’re now in disturbed air, but only for a few seconds, and the speed they’ve built up lets them punch through.

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And they’re off, heading away from the fleet in clear air toward the stronger wind on the right. When the fleet comes back together at the top mark MAPFRE is ahead, and with mistake-free sailing they never give up the lead.

And that, long-suffering readers, is how you win a boat race before it’s even started.

¡Vamos MAPFRE! 😀

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“Do you cut down groves of blossoming trees in the spring-time for firewood? We would tend these…”

Posted by jbc on October 16th, 2017 at 7:02 am

“Do you cut down groves of blossoming trees in the spring-time for firewood? We would tend these glades of flowering stone, not quarry them. With cautious skill, tap by tap – a small chip of rock and no more, perhaps, in a whole anxious day – so we could work, and as the years went by, we should open up new ways, and display far chambers that are still dark, glimpsed only as a void beyond fissures in the rock. And lights, Legolas! We should make lights, such lamps as once shone in Khazad-dûm; and when we wished we would drive away the night that has lain there since the hills were made; and when we desired rest, we would let the night return.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, excerpt of The Two Towers
(via captainbookamir)

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