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Josiah said he saw two owls sleeping in a tree at his school today, and I wished John was with him to tell him what they were :o)
Thanks, I'll show him tomorrow! They have some bushland in the back corner of the school grounds that they call "the forest" and there's quite a bit of wildlife in there. Mostly possums (the woodwork club makes breeding houses for them) and lizards. - Melly
From looking at range maps, it looks like the main candidates would be Powerful Owl, Southern Boobook, Barking Owl, Masked Owl, and Eastern Barn Owl. Maybe Sooty Owl or Eastern Grass Owl, but it looks like Toowoomba would be at the edge of the range for both of those. - John (bird whisperer)
I showed him those, and he thought the ones he saw were like the Barking Owl. They reminded me of Tawny Frogmouths, so I showed him pictures of those, and he thinks that what they were. There are heaps of tawny's in Toowoomba so that wouldn't surprise me :o) - Melly
Ah, okay. I think a few of the sources I checked mentioned to look at Tawny Frogmouths. - John (bird whisperer)
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create.live.love. The MOApp weblog. » Archiv » iA Troller not so Pro - http://createlivelove.com/803...
create.live.love. The MOApp weblog. » Archiv » iA Troller not so Pro
"There are no real ‘inventions’ in software. Period. And there is most definitely nothing ‘so’ new that it needs to be patented. Nothing. Period again. And yet, not a day goes by when we are not confronted with the latest news about patent battles and patent trolls. Most of the time in combination with big names like Google, Apple and Co. Sometimes in combination with trolls like Lodsys; David vs. Goliath … we all know it. Until yesterday I thought that ‘we’ smaller developers would never start to act the same assholy way. But hey, you live and learn…" - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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ATTN: Apple Fanbois of FF. Going to be purchasing my first MBP (already decided against Air). Should I buy new? used? from the Apple store? eBay? What about AppleCare?
Will be using as my primary computer, mostly for coding. No Photoshop or video work (that I know of). - Just another Bubba
Not a Fanboi. I'd probably buy new, just because it will generally last longer, as far as updates, battery life, components, and the basic warranty. That said right now is in the beginning of the buy only if you need to period being about 6 months from last release and about 6 months until the next hardware update. I've personally had no issue with the Air for coding, and didn't feel I'd need AppleCare since there are no stores locally and I wasn't planning on abusing it too much. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
On one hand, the time I bought a refurbished MBP, it turned out to be broken. On the other hand, Apple gave me a new one to replace it. So it was totally worth getting a refurbished MBP! :D I know extended warranties are for suckers, but AppleCare has easily saved me thousands of dollars. The caveat is that I've always lived fairly close to an Apple Store, and they've been able to fix my problems at the Genius Bar in an hour while I walked around the mall or shopping district. - Victor Ganata
Definitely shop the Apple refurbished store. Those have the same warranty as new ones. Also, some authorized Apple resellers like B&H sell AppleCare at a discount. - Morton Fox
With most complex electronics, I'd usually recommend new, or if refurbished, only from the manufacturer. I've had very good experiences with AppleCare (repairs or replacements that equaled or exceeded what I'd paid for the coverage,) but as Victor mentions, that value may lessen if you're too far away from an Apple store for it to be convenient. - Jennifer Dittrich
AppleCare has saved me on both my iMac and my MBP, so I highly recommend getting it. - vicster.
I also recommend the Apple Care. Highly. - SAM
Thanks for the recommendations. I found a refurb on Apple's site: 15.4" i7 quad 2.0 with Retina display, $1699. Looks like it beats new with educational discount ($1899). Sure is a ton of money for a laptop but I hope to use it for a few years. - Just another Bubba
I've only purchased refurb Apple equipment (from Apple directly) for the last 10 years or so. I've never had a problem with one. That said, I'd get AppleCare. It's not a bad deal and will pretty much fix anything. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
OK, one other question. People are saying to get the 13" instead of the 15", saying with Retina it's big enough...thoughts? - Just another Bubba
Frankly, it depends on your eyesight. The 13" is "big" in the sense that it can put a lot of stuff on the screen. But higher pixel density means everything is smaller. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Thanks for the advice. Will be draining my checking account soon. :) - Just another Bubba
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ThinkGeek :: Plush Kitten Bouquet - http://www.thinkgeek.com/product...
ThinkGeek :: Plush Kitten Bouquet
ThinkGeek :: Plush Kitten Bouquet
"Bouquet of 9 plush kittens in a beautiful wrap, ready for gifting" - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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"I search craigslist for photos of mirrors for sale and post them here." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
The one reflecting the sky are kinda beautiful. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
There's one in a field that's sort of mirror as gateway to another world. - bentley
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Okay, it’s actually $170 with $15 ground shipping. Oy! No keyboard can possibly be worth that.
Does it make pancakes by itself? - Heather
No, a keyboard would probably make waffles. On my face. If I fell asleep on it. - Morton Fox
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CES gadgets you won’t be using in 2014, or ever - Quartz - http://qz.com/165311...
CES gadgets you won’t be using in 2014, or ever - Quartz
CES gadgets you won’t be using in 2014, or ever - Quartz
"When it comes to gadgets, the Consumer Electronics Show is generally about showing off. There are of course exceptions, but most of the tech seen at CES is too gimmicky to sell to a broad set of consumers. This year, as usual, a few companies stood out for all the wrong reasons. Here are a few of the gadgets that perplexed us:" - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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BBC News - Australia police free naked man stuck in washing machine - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
BBC News - Australia police free naked man stuck in washing machine
"Police in Australia have rescued a naked man who got stuck inside a washing machine while playing a game of hide-and-seek. The man reportedly hid inside the top-loading machine so he could surprise his partner. But he became stuck and it took 20 minutes for rescuers to dislodge him using olive oil as a lubricant." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Apocalypse, New Jersey: Matt Taibbi's Dispatch From Camden, America's Most Desperate Town | Culture News | Rolling Stone - http://www.rollingstone.com/culture...
Apocalypse, New Jersey: Matt Taibbi's Dispatch From Camden, America's Most Desperate Town | Culture News | Rolling Stone
"No jobs, no hope - and surveillance cameras everywhere. The strange, sad story of Camden" - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
I still find it odd that they built the state aquarium there. - rønin
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Cauliflower in the chocolate fountain at Golden Corral in Elkton. https://vine.co/v/h2gzF1BTraJ
Cauliflower in the chocolate fountain at Golden Corral in Elkton. https://vine.co/v/h2gzF1BTraJ
See? I'm eating the veggies! - Morton Fox
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| Federal Government Sued Raisin Farmer For Selling His Own ProductWealthy Debates - http://wealthydebates.com/federal...
| Federal Government Sued Raisin Farmer For Selling His Own ProductWealthy Debates
"Meet Marvin Horne, raisin farmer. Horne has been farming raisins on a vineyard in Kerman, Calif., for decades. But a couple of years ago, he did something that made a lot of the other raisin farmers out here in California really angry. So angry that they hired a private investigator to spy on Horne and his wife, Laura. Agents from a detective agency spent hours sitting outside the Hornes’ farm recording video of trucks entering and leaving the property. What did the Hornes do to become the subject of a surveillance campaign? They sold raisins. More specifically, they sold all the raisins they produced. In most other industries, selling all the goods you can make is just good business. But in the raisin world, things are different. In the raisin world, this can be illegal." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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wait but why: Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy - http://www.waitbutwhy.com/2013...
wait but why: Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy
wait but why: Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy
"Lucy is part of Generation Y, the generation born between the late 1970s and the mid 1990s. She's also part of a yuppie culture that makes up a large portion of Gen Y. I have a term for yuppies in the Gen Y age group—I call them Gen Y Protagonists & Special Yuppies, or GYPSYs. A GYPSY is a unique brand of yuppie, one who thinks they are the main character of a very special story. So Lucy's enjoying her GYPSY life, and she's very pleased to be Lucy. Only issue is this one thing: Lucy's kind of unhappy." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
Awesome - Todd Hoff
Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Bird identification is a hard business...
I can identify a red-winged blackbird because the name says what it is. - Morton Fox
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Stephen Hawking: God particle discovery disappointing | Technically Incorrect - CNET News - http://news.cnet.com/8301-17...
Stephen Hawking: God particle discovery disappointing | Technically Incorrect - CNET News
"In a speech at London's Science Museum, the famed physicist says the Higgs boson discovery makes physics less interesting. He adds that we've only got 1,000 years left on Earth anyway." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Andrew Huszar: Confessions of a Quantitative Easer - WSJ.com - http://online.wsj.com/news...
Andrew Huszar: Confessions of a Quantitative Easer - WSJ.com
"I can only say: I'm sorry, America. As a former Federal Reserve official, I was responsible for executing the centerpiece program of the Fed's first plunge into the bond-buying experiment known as quantitative easing. The central bank continues to spin QE as a tool for helping Main Street. But I've come to recognize the program for what it really is: the greatest backdoor Wall Street bailout of all time." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Microsoft Aims To Lure Gmail Users With A Blunt Comparison Website - http://www.makeuseof.com/tag...
Microsoft Aims To Lure Gmail Users With A Blunt Comparison Website
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"As the old saying goes, when they start insulting you, you’re obviously doing something right. And judging by the comments being thrown Google’s way by Microsoft about Gmail, it’s pretty obvious that Redmond is worried. He’s worried enough about Gmail to build a new website and start a public smear campaign." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Study Shows Eating Bacon Will Make You Live Longer - http://newrisingmedia.com/all...
Study Shows Eating Bacon Will Make You Live Longer
"Science has enriched the lives of bacon-lovers everywhere. A study conducted by researchers at ETH Zurich has concluded that the high levels of Vitamin B3 (known as niacin) in this meat could help you live longer." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
thats bringing home the bacon!! - Peter Dawson
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Couple, Natalie and David Sideserf, put heads together for Austin, Texas wedding | News.com.au - http://www.news.com.au/lifesty...
Couple, Natalie and David Sideserf, put heads together for Austin, Texas wedding | News.com.au
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"WHEN one couple had to think of the perfect wedding cake they put their heads together and came up with something original - if not a little morbid." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
thats totally morbid !! - Peter Dawson
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"This Taco Bell is actually a Long John Silver's / Taco Bell co-branded store. I usually go to one of these hybrid restaurants for Long John Silver's rather than Taco Bell, although I am fond of using…" - Morton Fox
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"I've never had a good experience at this K-Mart but they keep drawing me back with reward points. For reasons unknown, they have been out of jeans my size for several weeks now and I'm not even at the…" - Morton Fox
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Ever wondered how much time you spend staring at screens? - http://betanews.com/2013...
Ever wondered how much time you spend staring at screens?
Ever wondered how much time you spend staring at screens?
"You’ve probably never given any thought to exactly how much time you spend gazing, gawping, glowering and glaring at screens on a daily basis -- but with TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones being such a major part of our lives, you probably won’t be surprised to hear it’s a lot." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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The "Average" EBT User May Not Be Who You'd Expect | - http://www.theorganicprepper.ca/the-ave...
The "Average" EBT User May Not Be Who You'd Expect |
"Over the past decade, many formerly middle class people have been cast into poverty through no fault of their own.  They’ve lost their jobs, their homes, and their cars.  When you have no job, or you have a job that pays only minimum wage, how can you keep the electricity on, keep your children clothed, and still feed your family?  Through the deliberate impoverishing of the middle class, people are being controlled and enslaved.  Innocent children, through no fault of their own, are going hungry – for some of these kids the only meal that they get in a day is the free lunch offered at their school. So before you say, “So what?” or “Well, I had to pay for my groceries – I have no sympathy for them”, stop for a moment and think about why formerly hardworking people may have had to sacrifice their pride and accept some help.  Think about the jobs that are no longer available.  Consider the hours that are no longer offered at once full-time jobs." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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7 Financial Lessons From Breaking Bad | Wise Bread - http://www.wisebread.com/7-finan...
7 Financial Lessons From Breaking Bad | Wise Bread
"Suffice it to say, Walter White made a lot of questionable decisions. And while we're probably never going to make a foray into making crystal meth, many of his choices can offer helpful lessons in money management for the average, law-abiding citizen. From preparing for disaster to investing your money and how to deal with unexpected wealth, there is much to learn from the craziness of Breaking Bad. Here are seven lessons to take away from the madness. [Caution: Spoilers Coming]" - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Status Symbol: Motorola RAZR | The Verge - http://www.theverge.com/2013...
Status Symbol: Motorola RAZR | The Verge
Status Symbol: Motorola RAZR | The Verge
"In 2003, Nokia made the world’s three most popular phones. They were all short, stubby candy bars, with nine buttons and a tiny monochrome screen. All three looked and worked like every other cellphone on the market, but they were $50, or $20, or free. So they sold like like crazy. But early the next year, underneath a glass case inside the Arken Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen, a select group of 110 fashion journalists got an unexpectedly high-tech glimpse at the future. It was the Motorola RAZR V3, the cellphone that would change the world." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
I had one of the later models for a while. - Eric - Final Countdown
Nix that, I had a Moto SLVR with the built-in iTunes. - Eric - Final Countdown
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The Shutdown Political Game: Inflict Maximum Pain to Score Cheap Points | Charles Hugh Smith | FINANCIAL SENSE - http://www.financialsense.com/contrib...
"The only vote that isn't thrown away is a vote for a third-party or independent candidate. Voting for an incumbent or other Demopublican/Republicrat is the same as not voting at all: you're simply rubber-stamping a continuation of corruption and dysfunction." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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The Rise of a Semi-employed America: Amazon to hire 70,000 part-time workers while Merck will fire 8,500 full-time employees. Before recession 4 million part-time workers today over 8 million. - http://www.mybudget360.com/parttim...
The Rise of a Semi-employed America: Amazon to hire 70,000 part-time workers while Merck will fire 8,500 full-time employees. Before recession 4 million part-time workers today over 8 million.
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"The US is seeing a dramatic rise in the number of part-time workers. The reason many employers are going with part-time hiring is that they usually forgo any benefit payments but also have more flexibility in firing these workers when they no longer need them. This may also explain the rise in renting households as more Americans are unwilling to buy a long-term asset when their own future is tenuous. This trend is hitting young Americans particularly hard. We can see this shift by analyzing those working part-time for economic reasons. Prior to the recession, roughly 4 million Americans fit this category. Today the figure is above 8 million although at the height of the recession it was at 9 million. This trend demonstrates a shift to less secure employment for many American families. It also highlights a deeper trend of just-in-time (JIT) hiring for US companies. For example, at the same time that Amazon announces seasonal hiring of 70,000 part-time workers Merck announces it will... more... - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Dunkin' Donuts (5/5) - http://www.yelp.com/biz...
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"Efficient cashier and friendly service. Note however, I visited this Dunkin Donuts at night when they had no other customers, so things may be different in the daytime if they are busy." - Morton Fox
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Report: Top Microsoft Investors Lobbying for Bill Gates' Resignation - http://mashable.com/2013...
Report: Top Microsoft Investors Lobbying for Bill Gates' Resignation
"The investors, who together hold more than 5% of Microsoft's shares (per Reuters), believe that Gates might circumscribe the power of the next chief executive, preventing him or her from developing new strategies and making "substantial changes." They are also reportedly concerned that Gates, who has spent the last 13 years focused on his own foundation and now only owns about 4.5% of Microsoft's shares, holds too much executive power relative to his holdings." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Any Animal That Touches This Lethal Lake Turns to Stone - http://gizmodo.com/any-ani...
Any Animal That Touches This Lethal Lake Turns to Stone
Any Animal That Touches This Lethal Lake Turns to Stone
Any Animal That Touches This Lethal Lake Turns to Stone
"There's a deceptively still body of water in Tanzania with a deadly secret—it turns any animal it touches to stone. The rare phenomenon is caused by the chemical makeup of the lake, but the petrified creatures it leaves behind are straight out of a horror film." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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Former Microsoft privacy chief no longer trusts company | Microsoft - CNET News - http://news.cnet.com/8301-10...
Former Microsoft privacy chief no longer trusts company | Microsoft - CNET News
"Caspar Bowden says he was unaware of the PRISM data-sharing program when he worked at the software company." - Morton Fox from Bookmarklet
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