sylvia-morris replied to your photo “Say’s Phoebe (Sayornis saya) Romero Canyon, 2018-10-07 …

Friday, October 12th, 2018

replied to your photo “Say’s Phoebe (Sayornis saya) Romero Canyon, 2018-10-07 People…”

it’s so cool that you’re posting your own photos now!

Bless you for saying that. I’m a baby at this whole taking-pictures thing (obviously), but I enjoy documenting the birds and being able to share some of what I’m seeing.

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sylvia-morris replied to your post “I went on a spectacularly successful pelagic birding trip last…

Monday, July 16th, 2018

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“I went on a spectacularly successful pelagic birding trip last Sunday….”

that red-necked pharalope is ADORABLE

This is definitely true. Phalaropes in general have a certain something that makes them cute as buttons. Is it the thin beak and elegant proportions? The clean, contrasting colors?

Fun fact: Phalaropes reverse the usual bird-world rule for sexual dimorphism. Wikipedia explains:

The sexual dimorphism and contribution to parenting are reversed in the three phalarope species. Females are larger and more brightly colored than males. The females pursue and fight over males, then defend them from other females until the male begins incubation of the clutch. Males perform all incubation and chick care, while the female attempts to find another male to mate with. If a male loses his eggs to predation, he will often rejoin his original mate or a new female, who will lay another clutch. Once it becomes too late in the season to start new nests, females begin their southward migration, leaving the males to incubate the eggs and care for the young. Phalaropes are uncommon among birds and vertebrates in general in that they engage in polyandry, one female taking multiple male mates while males mate with only one female. Specifically, phalaropes engage in serial polyandry, wherein females pair with multiple males at different times in the breeding season.[8]

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sylvia-morris replied to your post “I was tagged by @teddybearofdeath. Thank you for feeding my…

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

replied to your post “I was tagged by @teddybearofdeath. Thank you for feeding my vanity!…”

MMA Ramotswe, yes! I was thinking about her yesterday :)

I neglected to reply-reply to this the other day. I pondered a while for that question, but once I thought of her I knew that was my answer. Especially with recent events, I’d love to sit in her office for an hour. I wouldn’t even have to share my dilemmas (though that would be a great bonus, since I’m sure she’d have excellent advice). But I’d be happy just to sit quietly in the corner listening to her talk with Mma Makutsi, with maybe a visit from Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni. And a cup of bush tea.

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imaginarycircus replied to your link: We should be impeaching him now. But we’re…

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

My real worry re: Trump vs. Pence? Pence will actually get things done. Trump is lazy and inept and just wants to stir shit up. I think your worry is valid and all of that worries me too. But I think there is some chance Trump is actually the lesser of two evils. I don’t think he believes most of what he says. (Not sure he believes in anything but himself) and Pence does. But South Korea could probably easily provoke Trump into doing something idiotic. It’s all bad.

Yeah. Of course, it’s not enough to assess the odds of whether [redacted] might turn out to be a lesser evil; one also has to deal with the relative consequences of the ways in which each might turn out to be evil.

On the theory that his incompetence could mean he’ll just fail, including failing at doing objectively bad things, yeah, that could be a silver lining. On the other hand, I believe the federal government has important things to do that are in the public interest. If an incompetent administration could be relied on only to fuck up the bad things while still achieving the good I’d be a lot happier about their capacity for failure.

sylvia-morris replied to your linkWe should be impeaching him now. But we’re not.

A year or so ago, in the midst of Bernie fever, I was talking to husband about the possibility of Trump as president and I estimated the likelihood of him using nukes in a 4 year term as about 20%. Now, with more information, I can’t help but feel that was conservative. So yeah, they should impeach.

Yeah. I don’t mean to over-simplify things; the ways in which stuff could go horribly wrong are a continuum, not an evenly cleaving pair of apocalyptic-vs.-merely-horrible. And I also don’t want to immediately jump to predictions of the worst possible outcome. There will be many much more mundane battles to be fought either way. But at least for me, the way I’m thinking today, I’d take President Pence in return for keeping He Who Can’t Be Named as far away from power as possible.

Not that it’s a choice I’m likely to have any time soon. This is just me working through my personal value system as I try to process what’s happening.

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In thematically related news, it’s finally getting cold at night after that unseasonal warm spell we were having. I hope you, Poppet, and Widget are keeping warm.

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sylvia-morris replied to your photoset:“You thought I was dead, didn’t you? Acting.” …write…

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

write it in for the fan canon experiment!!!

That is an excellent idea. I’m on it.

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At zoo. Meerkats have black eyes and look like war boys.

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Haha. Awesome! Mad Max: Furry Road indeed. :-)

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dear-resident-mmfr-expert: what kind of info do we have about the planning phase of the escape? i have a vague feeling it was done at the time it was /because/ angharad was pregnant? (i am planning a fan art)

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

I wish I knew more, but at the moment I only have what I’ve seen in the movie, and a few scans from the “Art of…” book and the tie-in prequel comics being put out by Vertigo. I agree, though, about Angharad’s pregnancy being the ticking clock that pushed them into action.

The first of the tie-in comics apparently gave back story for Immortan Joe and Nux. The second, Furiosa #1, which goes on sale next week, has a description that reads:

High in the Citadel there exists a bio-dome of clean air and pure water, protected from the toxicity and anarchy of the Wasteland. Here the warlord Immortan Joe keeps his most prized possessions – his wives – imprisoned for his pleasure and his insistence that they bear him healthy male heirs.

Then, amid this cruel depravity, an unlikely rescuer emerges…the Immortan’s most lethal warrior: the Imperator Furiosa.

So that sounds like a pretty cool thing to get hold of if you want to know more.

Other than that there’s just that one scene in the bio-dome early in the movie, and whatever one can infer from other scenes.

I do wonder about the fact that Joe suspects something is up with Angharad the instant he sees that Furiosa has left the road to Gas Town. He must have had some reason to be suspicious already. Something in Angharad’s recent manner? Is there something that links Furiosa with the wives in Joe’s mind? Have they recently been in contact with each other?

Then there are the words painted in the bio-dome:




Those sound like a continuation of an argument that has already been taking place between Joe and Angharad.

And then there’s the dialog between Joe and Miss Giddy:

Joe: Splendid? Angharad? Where are they?

Miss Giddy: They are not your property.

Joe: Miss Giddy!

Miss Giddy: You cannot own a human being. Sooner or later someone pushes back!

Joe: Where is she taking them?

Miss Giddy: She didn’t take them; they begged her to go! (They struggle over the shotgun, which goes off, missing Joe. He grabs Miss Giddy.)

Joe: Where is she taking them?

Miss Giddy: A long way from you.

The other scene I really like in terms of what it implies about Angharad and the other wives’ state of mind is the argument between them and Nux in the war rig after he tries to strangle Furiosa. I love that scene. In a movie with so little dialog, to have this sudden shouted debate that bears directly on the movie’s underlying themes is breathtaking.

I think the wives have spent a lot of time talking and thinking about these issues. Their decision to flee Joe wasn’t a spur of the moment thing. They were committed. They’d worked it out. They knew what they were doing and why they were doing it. I’m really curious what brought them and Furiosa into contact, who reached out to whom first, and how they came to realize that each was willing to take such a risky and irrevocable step.

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sylvia-morris replied to your post:sylvia-morris replied to your photoset:St. Vincent… and…

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

and like it has Jess Mauboy (Aus Idol winner + super cool person) but the main character is played by Deborah Mailman who is just… the best. you will love her.

I am totally watching The Sapphires. Thanks!

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sylvia-morris replied to your photoset:St. Vincent (2014) have you seen ‘the sapphires’? (it’s an…

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

have you seen ‘the sapphires’? (it’s an australian movie with chris o’dowd in it, telling the story of 4 Indigenous girls who go to Vietnam to sing for the soldiers. it is really excellent.)

I haven’t! But I will certainly check it out. Thanks!

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sylvia-morris replied to your photoset:As I Walked Out One Evening aww, thank you! my faves are the…

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

aww, thank you! my faves are the top one (obvs) and the middle left one :) but mostly i like how it all fits together

I’m so glad you liked it. I tried to make a gif that dissolved from that first shot into your painting, and it was sort of interesting, but the transition came out goofy-looking in my inept hands, so I chucked that and went with a more conventional approach.

Thank you for the opportunity to become weepy-eyed all over again at Sean’s beautiful voiceover, and just the way the whole thing works.

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sylvia-morris replied to your post:sylvia-morris replied to your post:flightofthelbd… as for…

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

as for gifsets – it’s gotta be IDWT. you know i have a soft spot for As I Walked Out One Evening but Ode would also be acceptable. OR BERTHA’S SONG OMG I CHOOSE BERTHA’S SONG WE ALL NEED MORE SINEAD GIFS!!! (but if you would rather idwt that’s cool).

Ooh. These are all great. Technically they don’t feel like they should be prizes, because they’re all things I’d love to do anyway (especially As I Walked Out One Evening, which I’ve gushed to you about before, of course, based on your beautiful fan art).

I’ll get right on it. Thanks again, and congratulations to you the skillful winner! :-)

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sylvia-morris replied to your post:flightofthelbd replied to your post:flightofthelbd… this…

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

this makes me think it must be some form of sailing. competitive sailing??? (as i see my hackeysack is incorrect)

Ding ding ding ding ding! We have a winner!

Yes, I went sailboat racing. It was very fun. My sister set it up; I raced on her and my brother-in-law’s boat in Los Angeles Yacht Club’s Opening Day Race. Our dad (who is visiting from Florida) skippered the boat, and his wife, my wife, and my son rounded out the crew. (My brother-in-law and their adult son were each sailing on different boats in the same race.)

We raced in the “cruising class”, which was a good call, because most of us have not done much racing ever (in some cases) or in a long time (in mine). There were five boats in the class, and we were able to take second place, which was a lot better than I was expecting!

Anyway, it was super fun. And it’s been super fun playing trivia with all of you; thanks! And sylvia-morris, please let me know what movie or video you’d like me to gif on your behalf, assuming that’s something you’d like.

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new guess time! ummm, playing hackeysack?

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Nope. I don’t think I have ever done that. I’ve watched it curiously, though.

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sylvia-morris replied to your post:ooOoOooh, guess time: surfing! (cos, idk, you…

Saturday, January 24th, 2015


I’m pretty sure that’s you bewailing your fate, but in case it was a guess:

  • only one guess per user (though I may have to relax that if I run out of interested guessers before anyone gets it), and
  • nope, I curse all the time. (As you are probably well aware, and for which I apologize.)

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ooOoOooh, guess time: surfing! (cos, idk, you grew up at a beach but I don’t think I’ve ever heard you talk about surfing before?)

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

A very good guess! But not the one I was looking for.

I actually have never surfed (if we’re talking full-on stand-up surfing a wave on a surfboard). I’ve body-surfed, boogie-boarded, and surfed on planing sailboats, and one time I did stand-up paddling with my daughter. But no actual surfing, strictly speaking. And that wasn’t today’s activity, no.

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it is a thing though, right? did your kids go to schools where they had to say the pledge of allegiance and there were US flags in every classroom? did you? ??? ???????????????????????????? i don’t know how to express my thoughts.

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Yeah, sorry for being flippant. It is a thing, I believe. Growing up and attending public school, I believe that each day did in fact begin with the “flag salute”, in which everyone would rise, face the flag, put their hand over their heart, and recite the Pledge of Allegiance aloud, in unison.

When I worked as a substitute teacher in high schools and junior high schools for a few years I did in fact lead the first morning class in the flag salute pretty much every day.

Other occasions when I have participated in flag salutes: before meetings of the Boy Scouts of America (when I was a scout as a kid) and at the beginning of meetings of the local Planning Commission and City Council.

I’ve always thought it was weird, and fairly bogus. But I’ve never made an issue out of it. It is all about compelled conformity.

Anyway: Yes, it actually happens, at least places I’m familiar with.

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