quotidianart: 119. Common Murre (Uria aalge), with…

Friday, March 9th, 2018


119. Common Murre (Uria aalge), with spectacle/bridled markings (the white marks around the eyes.) In a recent fake survey, bridled common murres were considered more intellectual by their peers than non-bridled conspecifics.

Hopefully the highlights on its beak don’t make it look too much like a thick-billed murre…

It’s an odd thing for me personally, having grown up sailing, and also birdwatching, that I’ve never really done “pelagic birding”, in the sense of going to sea for the express purpose of looking at birds. I’ve checked out seabirds opportunistically, but when you’re sailing (as distinct from powerboating) and especially when you’re racing, opportunities for focused bird study can be hard to come by. At least that’s been my experience.

So tomorrow’s kind of a big deal for me. I’ve booked one of the last available seats on Island Packers’ spring pelagic birding trip, which (weather permitting) will be heading out from Channel Islands Harbor tomorrow morning. The plan is to follow Hueneme Canyon toward Anacapa, then motor past Anacapa checking out the nesting birds. Then we’ll cross the Anacapa Passage to Santa Cruz, where we’ll go ashore at Prisoner’s Harbor to see the requisite Island Scrub Jays before returning to Oxnard late in the day. The forecast is for some rain, but relatively light winds.


I’m especially interested in the part of the trip when we’ll officially be in Santa Barbara County (basically, everything west of a north-south line bisecting the passage between Anacapa and Santa Cruz). That’s because I’m doing a “little big year” in which I identify as many species as I can in Santa Barbara County. (I blame @quickthreebeers.) I’m hoping to add 5 new species tomorrow, and think I have an outside shot at 10. Mostly, though, I’m looking forward to a fun day of birdwatching with other obsessives. And if I’m lucky, my first-of-the-year Common Murre. 😀

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smh at the tumblr mobile app. that post I just made that you dropped into the void without posting…

Monday, September 14th, 2015

smh at the tumblr mobile app. that post I just made that you dropped into the void without posting it was important to me. I know Marco didn’t (doesn’t?) believe in tests and basically was just a (now wealthier) version of that scriptkiddy whose horrible code I inherited a hundred times since the dawn of the web, and his basic attitude when writing tumblr was, hey, so what if something goes wrong? it’s not like anyone’s going to die. it’s just a dumb website.

Yeah, well, fuck you, Marco. It was important to me.

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Sunday, September 14th, 2014





This honestly made me tear up. Imagining how great he must have felt that his planned worked and choosing that risk paid off.
I also feel like him and the model have such good chemistry, they’re always so kind and loving to one another.

Holy shit what did he do?? That’s rad as hell!

Since the runway was going to have simulated rain, he wanted to make the outfit become colorful because of it rather than deflect it. He sewed dye into the seams and once the rain hit it the dye ran! Very simple but super effective. He was one of the two winners of that challenge.

Absolutely brilliant. Holy shit.

It was fun to see it work after the build-up they gave it during the episode. And I was glad the judges rewarded it for the effect during the runway show, when the transformation happened, despite the fact that afterwards, absent the transformation, it was pretty ho hum on its own just as a dress.

So I was also glad (even though it was cheating, kind of) that the judges gave a co-win to Kini. Because his dress was amazing as a dress.

I don’t care for the manufactured reality-show drama as much. But when someone pulls off something really creative or beautiful it can be breathtaking, which I guess is why I’ve stuck through watching this show through most of a dozen seasons.

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