Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Rough-legged hawks

Another hawk picture.
This time I think this is a pair of rough-legged hawks.  I have never seen one before. There are two in the picture....male and female look alike....they are called rough-legged because feathers go all the way to and cover their toes. They sit on small branches (see above), these are at our pond. It is unusual to see here in the summer...maybe in the winter. Either way never seen one before.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Red Tailed Hawk eating a squirrel in front of our office.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner...... and Fourth Meal.

This is the leg of a teenager that had many of these lesions.  They are usually described as papular urticaria, and are typical sequelae of bedbug bites.  This is a good example of the "breakfast, lunch and dinner" phenomenon.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Crazy Horse Monument, South Dakota

From my trip a couple of months ago with my dad to Deadwood, South Dakota.  On the way home we stopped by Mount Rushmore.  Only a short drive from there is the Crazy Horse Memorial which I knew nothing about before this trip.  Here is a story from NPR.

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Monday, February 02, 2015


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Friday, January 30, 2015

“Happiness consists in realising it is all a great strange dream”

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Friday, October 24, 2014

The Psychopath Test

I recently listened to 'The Psychopath Test' by Jon Ronson on audio.  It's by a journalist who writes about his efforts to learn about the "mental health industry" and psychopaths in particular.  It is narrated by the author and the Welsh accent took a little time to get used to but I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Along the way he discusses a mysterious book called "Being or Nothingness" and his trek to find and meet its author who turns out to be eccentric but not likely a psychopath.  The book is not the central theme but it is mentioned throughout and I found it intriguing.  According to Wikipedia 'The Psychopath Test' spent all of 2012 on the UK Best Seller list and 10 weeks on the NYT Best Seller List.  I had not heard of this book and discovered it on a message board post discussing non fiction books that are a must read.  That was also where I found the book Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach.  It was really good too.

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Sunday, August 03, 2014

Where the Wind Leads

I just finished this book. It is about one of our resident's family and their  escape from Vietnam.  Bao Chung is his name and he now lives in California and is married to an Asian MD.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

The Green Heron

We have one on our pond almost daily.

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The Green Heron

From a distance, the Green Heron is a dark, stocky bird hunched on slender yellow legs at the water’s edge, often hidden behind a tangle of leaves. Seen up close, it is a striking bird with a velvet-green back, rich chestnut body, and a dark cap often raised into a short crest. These small herons crouch patiently to surprise fish with a snatch of their daggerlike bill. They sometimes lure in fish using small items such as twigs or insects as bait.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer Mystery

Summer Mystery....what happened here?

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Andy Weir

Andy Weir has a background in computer science. He began writing the book in 2009, researching the book to be as realistic as possible based on existing technology.[5]Weir studied orbital mechanics, astronomy, and the history of manned spaceflight.[7]
Having been rebuffed by literary agents, Weir put the book online for free at his website.[5] At the request of fans he made a Amazon Kindle version available throughAmazon.com at 99 cents (the minimum he could set the price).[

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Saturday, July 05, 2014

Now into The Martian...thanks 
CS...I think I like it.

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Finished Gaiman's Anansi Boys, nice wild ride, look up anansi before reading.

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This Aqua, a skyscraper in Chicago. I watched it go up during my yearly visit to Chi-town. I knew I liked it and it was confirmed by a recent article in the New Yorker about Jeanne Gang the architect who with her team designed and built it. We ate dinner at the restaurant which is Italian and very good...except I spilled red wine all over the table and MA's white pants.  I love the Chicago buildings...sure NYC has great buildings but they seem to be so close that they are hard to appreciate. Not Chi-town.

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