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I’m typing this on my brand new iPad courtesy of my lovely wife Eliza. If this isn’t the future of computing, I don’t know what is.
When Steve Jobs said, at the D8 conference, that the next era of the personal computer was just around the corner (whether it was the iPad or not) and that most of the “long timers” would be uncomfortable about it – now I know what he was talking about.
I’m reluctant to see the PC go but if this is what replaces it – bring it on.
Earlier this year my friends and I took a short trip to Gloucester, Massachusetts to do some cod fishing on the Atlantic. I took some random video clips during the trip and have finally stitched them together.
(Watch in HD by clicking on HD on the player.)
We all had a great time and ended up coming home with about 40lbs. of cod fish filet each (there were 6 of us). I’m sure I can speak for the entire group and recommend Ann Rowe Charters (our photo is on their site too) to anyone that wants to have a great day at sea.
Last night I spent some time on my patio working and reading.
Eliza spotted this little guy yesterday. Left him alone. I have enough pictures of cross orbweaver spiders.
I’ve been remiss to update everyone on our current bird feeder situation. Since Eliza purchased the $1 bird feeder we’ve upgraded our offerings to our feathered friends many fold. First, we put out a bird-bath type feeder that, rather than filling it with water, we fill with sunflower seeds. This takes care of the needs of larger birds that like to eat off of an exposed, tray based feeder – like Blue Jays. Second, we have a small ‘gazebo’ shaped feeder for smaller birds like finches, chickadees, etc.
Recently at a yard sale we picked up a larger version of the gazebo shaped feeder and have since mounted it to our glass doors to the deck. This isn’t getting nearly as many visitors as the smaller one (though that seems to be changing), but we have plans to slowly bring the birds closer and closer to the doors for better shots.
Not two days ago we picked up a hummingbird feeder. Eliza had spotted a few hummingbirds buzzing around our flowers and, after I saw one hovering over our red flowers, I thought it a good idea to pick up a feeder. We’ll update the progress with this in the near future.
So, how many birds are we getting? A lot. I fill the smaller feeder once every three or four days and I fill the bird-bath feeder every single morning with sunflower seeds. Morning doves, Blue Jays, and a few other birds that I have yet to identify accurately visit this feeder regularly. We’ve had chickadees, nut hatches, finches, tufted tit-mouse, cardinals (though not many lately), hummingbirds, and several other species so far. Our little fly-thru bird restaurant is becoming quite the hang out.
Today, as you can see from the photos above, I managed to stand near the door long enough that they let me open it, and open the screen door, to get unobstructed photos of them while they ate. Taking photos of creatures that fly and skip about rather quickly isn’t easy – but above are two of the better shots I managed to capture.
Looking forward to many, many more visitors.
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Chris recently had a complete hard drive failure. Fortunately for him most of his data, since he is a Web site developer, was “on the Web” somewhere. Everything else he had backed up on an external hard drive.
Consider this a friendly reminder from Random 60 to back up your computer today.
I’ve wanted to have a bird feeder on one of our windows for a while. I’ve looked a few times for one and somehow turned up empty handed. Last week Eliza returned from a shopping trip with a $1, suction cup powered, bird feeder for our window! Thanks Eliza!
This morning at 8:30AM I hung the bird feeder and put some seed in it. So the countdown until we have our first bird begins. I plan on chronicling what goes on with this feeder here on my blog. Once we get some visitors I’m going to setup my tripod and camera to see if I can get some good photos of the birds.
Oh, and since I got the seed from my mother-in-law’s bag of bird seed, this was truly a $1 investment! Can’t beat that.
Before a dinner with some family at my mother-in-law’s this weekend I had the chance to walk around her backyard, which just happens to be a very large field with two streams and a small tree covered hill on it, and take a few photos. Here are some that I am choosing to share.
Eliza and I enjoyed a relaxing week at my brother’s house in Lincolnton, North Carolina. Here are a few photos from our visit there. To view more photos, see the entire set on Flickr.
Date taken: December 20-24, 2008
From the car.
Date taken: July 15, 2003 – New York City.
While in Salter Path, North Carolina on vacation we saw this grasshopper, which was already dead, being carried away by countless ants. Â You can’t tell from this photo alone but there was a line of thousands upon thousands of ants leading from the grasshopper back to the ant hill.
The speed at which the ants were carrying the grasshopper was impressive. Â At once point the ants came upon anÂ obstacleÂ and managed to turn the grasshopper all the way around in order to get around it. Â They did this in a matter of seconds.
Nature always amazes me.
Date taken: September 30, 2008 | Eliza wanted to test out her new waterproof camera. Andrew and I helped her out. All photos credit: Eliza Devroe.