the-eldest-woman-on replied to your post “Someone asked “The no budget YouTube show is called…

Friday, October 6th, 2017

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It’s funny! and very gay. But I think you’ll like the funny. I never thanked you for making me watch LBD when i was first knocked up.

Haha; I didn’t realize I’d been part of making you watch LBD. Happy to have such a positive legacy. :-)

I’m halfway through the first episode of Caleb Gallo, and yeah, I’m enjoying the humor a lot. And it’s funny to think of it being on a kind of webseries through-line with LBD. Can you imagine if LBD had been adapted in this style? It would have been… something.

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Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Bartram’s Garden has both! The good bad of being a very urban nature center. They do the bird count every year and if I could tell birds (apart from catbirds, redwing blackbirds, and like, starlings) I would totally do. It’s one of my maturity goals. The end of year bird count. And, I guess, being able to identify birds.

Since I’m in the midst of a series of classes for beginning birdwatchers I’ve been thinking about this. Something I’ve tried to convey is that birdwatching actually is super forgiving of beginners.

I’ve tried to compare it to learning a musical instrument. If you’re learning to play violin or clarinet I imagine there’s this whole initial phase you have to go through where you’re working at it, but the actual thing you’re producing isn’t very close to the intended result. (I could actually be completely wrong about that, by the way. I don’t play anything myself.)

Birdwatching is very much the opposite: From the beginning you are legit doing it. Birdwatching is about, well, watching birds. And even as the most newbish of newbs you will, in fact, be watching birds, and will have access to the same pleasures that experienced birdwatchers get from it.

It’s true that correct identification is part of it, and as a beginner you’re going to be challenged by identifications that will get easier as you gain experience. But the challenges you face as a beginner aren’t fundamentally different from the challenges you’ll face later on. You’re just experiencing them with a different class of birds. Learning to solve those challenges is half the fun, and it’s a challenge you’ll keep facing no matter how far you progress.

The other half of the fun (or more than half, at least for me), is the beauty and wonder I feel from just watching the birds, which is totally available to everyone regardless of their level of experience.

Oh, and about the Christmas Count in particular: Some of the new birders I’ve been talking to have expressed hesitation about doing the Count. “I don’t know anything,” they say. “I won’t be able to help.”

Not true. When we organize the count we make sure that there’s at least one experienced birder in each group to handle the finer points of identification. But in a group of five or six birdwatchers, even the least-experienced person can make a big contribution. It’s all about eyes and ears. When the experienced folks are staring at something through a spotting scope, a group of white pelicans (say) could fly directly overhead and they’d never know it. But if a member of the group is scanning the landscape, they can say, “uh, hey; guys? check this out.” (This exact scenario happened with my group on count day last year.)

So, in summary: Watch birds. It’s awesome, and it’s awesome right from the beginning.

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Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Oh man. Things I wish I could do. Not going to lie. I wish we could nature walk/Pokemon Go together, because none of my irl friends do both. Or Pokemon. I can occasionally get them to walk in Philly’s version of nature. But never the twain shall meet.

Maybe you can find some local nature lovers you could ramble with? But I agree, if I lived more Philly-adjacent that would be amazingly fun.

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the-eldest-woman-on replied to your video “I made a video (the first in a series of videos,…

Monday, March 6th, 2017

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Thank you for making this? Can I share it outside of tumblr?

You not only can, but it will make me blushingly happy if you do. :-)

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the-eldest-woman-on replied to your post:giving serious thought to declaring for mystic.I went…

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

I went mystic. I live in a highly populated area so all the nearby gyms have been changing a bunch, but of course as soon as I picked they all went red.

I took the younger offspring to lunch and discussed it with him. And then as we were walking to the CVS to buy paper I caught a Paras and leveled up, and there was a Mystic-held gym across the street and I took it as a sign.

I’ve been viewing it in GoT terms. To side with Valor would clearly have been in my interest, but it also felt like forming an alliance with the Lannisters. And whenever I thought of doing that this is what I pictured:

So. Team Mystic it is.

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the-eldest-woman-on replied to your photoset “Sleeping/sniffling/coughing. And lava flows.” I hear…

Monday, January 5th, 2015

the-eldest-woman-on replied to your photoset “Sleeping/sniffling/coughing. And lava flows.”

I hear the high desert is good for such things.

Here’s hoping. Though I was only in the high desert en route to the actual destination, which is at about 9,000-foot elevation in a mixed Red Fir/Jeffrey Pine/Affluent Ski Tourist habitat.

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the-eldest-woman-on replied to your post: ibmiller asked:Oooh, tell me abou… So what was the…

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

the-eldest-woman-on replied to your post: ibmiller asked:Oooh, tell me abou…

So what was the movie?

anonsally replied to your post: ibmiller asked:Oooh, tell me abou…

You can’t post something like this and not tell us what movie it was! (Well, I guess you can. You just did. But please consider filling us in on that detail.)

ibmiller replied to your post: ibmiller asked:Oooh, tell me abou…

Seconded! What movie? I feel you on the weariness-I think some of the comic book movies are a bit more, but on the whole, yes, big dumb loud.

aeternamente replied to your post: ibmiller asked:Oooh, tell me abou…

Fourthing the request to know what the movie was. Our curiosity is piqued.

Whoa. sophisticatedajumma was right; that Scheherazade trick really works.

Sorry to take so long to get back to you. Like many in the tech world, I’ve been extra busy today dealing with the Heartbleed vulnerability.

It was this movie.

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