Archive for January, 2018

batwan: FILMS WATCHED IN 2017 → Moana (2016) dir. Ron Clements,…

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

batwan:

FILMS WATCHED IN 2017 → Moana (2016) dir. Ron Clements, John Musker.
See the line where the sky meets the sea? It calls me. And no one knows, how far it goes. If the wind in my sail on the sea stays behind me. One day I’ll know. If I go there’s just no telling how far I’ll go.

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batmanisagatewaydrug:listen if you think someone is cool and you dig their energy you just have to…

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

batmanisagatewaydrug:

listen if you think someone is cool and you dig their energy you just have to tell them, because that’s the kind of stuff you remember a thousand times longer than somebody complimenting your hair or whatever. tonight I told a girl from my theory class that I like her analytical approach and she bounced back at me saying she digs my feminine energy and how she gets the vibe that, to my core, I exist to uplift women and I damn near cried. tell people what resonates about them. be real. help each other feel seen.

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Sea Green, William Orbit (from Hello Waveforms, 2006)

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Sea Green, William Orbit (from Hello Waveforms, 2006)

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puppygamer:does anyone have tips for phone interviews.  i’m a little anxious bitch Prepare.List…

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

puppygamer:

does anyone have tips for phone interviews.  i’m a little anxious bitch

Prepare.

  • List every question you can think that you might be asked.
  • For each question, outline an answer that is the most honest, succinct, compelling explanation you can come up with for why you are clearly the best person for the position and they would be foolish not to choose you.
  • Practice giving the answers to a trusted listener. Listen carefully to their feedback. Practice a few more times.
  • Throw away the questions and answers, take a deep breath, and let it out slowly. Relax. You want to come off as confident, not robotic.
  • Do the call.

Realize that the odds are against you. That’s okay. It’s just how it works. But know that you are absolutely the best possible person for the position, and if they don’t pick you it’s their loss.

You’ve got this. 👍

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scarcelyodd: Forget the selfies. The @googleartsculture app…

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

scarcelyodd:

Forget the selfies. The @googleartsculture app has crazy hi-def versions of all of the art in it. This is from #vincentvangogh’s bedroom. Look at those brushstrokes! mind = BLOWN

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brooklynbridgebirds:GadwallBrooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 4

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

brooklynbridgebirds:

Gadwall
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 4

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kaiyves: namu-the-orca: More watercolour birds! I recently got…

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

kaiyves:

namu-the-orca:

More watercolour birds! I recently got some watercolour supplies of my own; including lovely paint and a few proper brushes. One channel-billed toucan and a ruddy shelduck for practice later, and these three came to be. All common garden birds here in the Netherlands; a blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus), a male common blackbird (Turdus merula) and a european robin (Erithacus rubecula). The robin and blackbird were commissioned, the blue tit was a gift.

I had a blast with these, and learned a lot from all of them. All ideas, techniques – and some things I should definitely not do – which can be used for future paintings. It’s wonderful slowly getting to know a new medium, bit by bit.

@lies

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debunkshy: Leconte’s Sparrow Lake Barney, WI, 10-19-17

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

debunkshy:

Leconte’s Sparrow

Lake Barney, WI, 10-19-17

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batwan:You’ve Got Mail (1998) dir. Nora Ephron

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

batwan:

You’ve Got Mail (1998) dir. Nora Ephron

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balloonwhisk: … Miss Vivian Nightingale

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

balloonwhisk:

… Miss Vivian Nightingale

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dendroica: Song Sparrow (by me)

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

dendroica:

Song Sparrow (by me)

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lawrencejeffersonphotography: A Yellow-rumped warbler in…

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

lawrencejeffersonphotography:

A Yellow-rumped warbler in Pearland! (at Shadow Creek Ranch Nature Trail)

Looks like a Myrtle, which is the more common subspecies in Texas but very much less common than Audubon’s out my way.

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awardseason: Elisabeth Moss75th Annual Golden Globe Awards,…

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

awardseason:

Elisabeth Moss
75th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Los Angeles | January 7, 2018

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mcavoys: GRETA GERWIG75th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Los…

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

mcavoys:

GRETA GERWIG
75th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Los Angeles | January 7, 2018

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archiemcphee: The Department of Extraordinary Upcycling is…

Monday, January 8th, 2018

archiemcphee:

The Department of Extraordinary Upcycling is celebrating the new year by enjoying these shiny metal birbs created by South-Carolina based artist Matt Wilson using old silverware and pieces of driftwood or old lumber.

To look at spoons and forks in the silverware drawer, you wouldn’t think they were particularly birdlike, but Wilson’s silverware birbs feel so lifelike, it’s as though we’ve been using our silverware wrong all this time until he came along figured out just what to do.

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Follow Matt Wilson on Instagram to keep up with his latest works of upcycled metal sculpture, some of which he puts up for sale in his Etsy shop.

[via Colossal and My Modern Met]

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a-solitary-sea-rover: lies: In which I briefly appear! (in…

Monday, January 8th, 2018

a-solitary-sea-rover:

lies:

In which I briefly appear! (in the “Dial-a-Fan” segment). Alan and I talked a bunch more about my favorite videos from Leg 3, though that part didn’t make the cut. But they kept the part in which I explain the motivation behind my curation of the Raw Content video spreadsheet, which is the source for the video part of the VOR Raw Content Metadata site.

Bril! I’ll check this out tonight!

So what WERE your favorite videos of Leg 3?

Here’s the list I sent to Alan before the interview:

#3: Jen Edney’s video of MAPFRE’s gybe-o-rama

#2: Sam Greenfield’s footage of Vestas’ start

#1: James Blake’s drone shots of AkzoNobel repairing the mast

…though that needs a bit of an asterisk, because James Blake’s video of the bad Akzo gybe and its aftermath was really a tie for #1.

I felt like the crash-cam footage of the gybe and (especially) the crew trying to get things under control afterward with Nicholson driving and monster waves overtaking them was probably the best reporting of the leg. But those drone shots of them up the rig doing repairs and the pull-back to show them completely alone in the Southern Ocean were artistically the most amazing thing I’ve seen in the race so far.

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walking-geema: Moon set Sunrise

Monday, January 8th, 2018

walking-geema:

Moon set Sunrise

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In which I briefly appear! (in the “Dial-a-Fan” segment). Alan…

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

In which I briefly appear! (in the “Dial-a-Fan” segment). Alan and I talked a bunch more about my favorite videos from Leg 3, though that part didn’t make the cut. But they kept the part in which I explain the motivation behind my curation of the Raw Content video spreadsheet, which is the source for the video part of the VOR Raw Content Metadata site.

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anonsally replied to your photo “A few weeks ago the hills above Carpinteria, the coastal town I…

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

anonsally
replied to your photo
“A few weeks ago the hills above Carpinteria, the coastal town I live…”

Good luck. I hope you’ll see something… Also, that’s a gorgeous photo.

Thank you! And thank you! That’s a tree that I’m pretty sure isn’t there anymore. I took that photo on the scouting trip that produced the eBird list below, two weeks before the fire. Supposedly the riparian corridor in the base of Romero Canyon only has “moderate” damage, with the understory burned but a lot of the trees only slightly scorched and hopefully surviving. But the hillside above, where this fire road runs… Well. I haven’t been back there yet. But like I said; pretty sure this tree is gone.

Romero Canyon, Santa Barbara, California, US
Dec 1, 2017 8:01 AM – 10:03 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.709 mile(s)
Comments:     Looked for, but failed to find, Rufous-crowned Sparrow. Hiked the canyon, then up the Old Romero Canyon dirt road a half mile or so up the hill and back down.
25 species (+2 other taxa)

California Quail  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Band-tailed Pigeon  16
hummingbird sp.  1
Northern Flicker  2
Black Phoebe  1
Hutton’s Vireo  2
Steller’s Jay  1
California Scrub-Jay  3
Oak Titmouse  2
Bushtit  9
Canyon Wren  2     Great views foraging in an oak limb.
Bewick’s Wren  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
Wrentit  5
Hermit Thrush  4
California Thrasher  1
Orange-crowned Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  8
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s)  2
Fox Sparrow  2     Believe they were Thick-billed, but I didn’t see them long enough to confirm that.
Dark-eyed Junco  1
California Towhee  4
Spotted Towhee  2
House Finch  6
Purple Finch  1     Female
Lesser Goldfinch  2

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This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

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A few weeks ago the hills above Carpinteria, the coastal town I…

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

A few weeks ago the hills above Carpinteria, the coastal town I live in, burned. I was talking to a neighbor today, someone who spent his career working in forest management. He’s retired now, but he’s an expert on wildfire behavior. He’s been volunteering since the fire on restoring the Franklin Trail, which leads from Carpinteria up into the hills. He showed me a map and pointed out the few strips of riparian habitat where the fire damage was relatively light. Except for those isolated pockets, the damage behind Carp is severe. He said he’s never seen a burn pattern like this. In the time leading up to the fire, drought and the persistent high pressure had driven humidity levels so low that when the fire came through the vegetation was like one big expanse of tinder.

The fire crews saved most of the structures. They successfully protected the  homes in Ojai, La Conchita, Carpinteria, Montecito, and Santa Barbara. As a result, in tomorrow’s (rescheduled) Carpinteria Christmas Bird Count, most of the accessible areas in the coastal strip where we were planning to bird are actually looking pretty good. Indeed, in the scouting I’ve done since the fire the birding seems better than usual. The unburned areas are filled with displaced chaparral birds; wrentits and California towhees and ruby-crowned kinglets everywhere you look. I think they’re refugees. The carrying capacity of the habitat they’re in won’t have increased. The extra birds will disperse more widely, or will suffer from predation, disease, or starvation. But for now it makes for exciting birding.

That’s the story in the “front country”, the area south of the Santa Ynez crest. The backcountry north of the crest is another matter. There the fires burned largely unchecked. Jameson Lake is seven miles north of Carpinteria. It’s hard to reach even under normal circumstances, requiring a day-long backpacking trip or mountain biking down miles of dirt roads that are closed to private vehicles. We don’t always manage to include it in our Christmas count; it’s great habitat for us, giving us a chance at an inland freshwater lake that we otherwise don’t have, but it’s hard to get there.

This year it’s especially hard. The whole area is closed to the public. The only people with access are fire and forest service crews, and the people who maintain the water facilities at Jameson for the Montecito Water District.

So… tomorrow, thanks to some really nice people pulling some strings on our behalf, we get to go count birds there. I’m going in along with two other birdwatchers, led by the water district employee who lives part-time at the lake (or used to, before his cabin burned down).

I don’t know what we’ll find. I was there on a scouting trip in November. Alan, the caretaker, has been in several times since the fire, and he’s told me not to expect much. Everything has burned. For all I know we’re going to spend all day in a sterile moonscape. But I think it’s important to document what happened. The Christmas counts are mostly for fun, but they also produce useful citizen science. Thousands of volunteers go out each year and catalog the birds they’re able to find. In some count circles above the Arctic Circle they go out in the midwinter twilight to record a single species (thank you, common raven). Next to that I’m getting off easy.

Anyway, that’s what I’ll be doing tomorrow. We’ll see how it goes.

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