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Thanks to @dendroica I learned this is a Red-legged Honeycreeper and he's a beauty! https://flic.kr/p/orAuWu
Thanks to @dendroica I learned this is a Red-legged Honeycreeper and he's a beauty!  https://flic.kr/p/orAuWu
That's one pretty bird. - SAM
I caught another photo with the female too but it wasn't as clear as this one. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Meh, the female was probably super drab by comparison right? - SAM
She was green and about the same size. Not drab at all! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Actually I think this is the female: https://www.flickr.com/photos... - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
^But only John can confirm this. :P - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Yeah, that looks like the female. - John (bird whisperer)
She's pretty neat looking too. That's a fun feeder as well. Still gotta give dude a +1 for the radiant blue, that's flash. - SAM
Plumage like that and they name it for the *legs*? - Deborah Fitchett
^ I chortled. :) - Ken Morley
The legs are the feature that most distinguishes it from other honeycreepers whose males are some combination of black and brilliant blue (like the Blue Dacnis). - John (bird whisperer)
I googled and the Green Honeycreeper is the most beautiful teal green I've ever seen. http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal... - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Wow! - Amit Patel
Stephen Mack
A day at the Gilroy Garlic Festival.
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The kids had crawdads, kangaroo, frogs legs, and a lot of alligator. Sophie tried escargot as well. And garlic ice cream of course. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Your children are too darn cute! - Janet from FFHound!
My cousin was there and brought some food. Tried some garlic chips, garlic bread, and some stuffed mushrooms. So good. It must have been hot there. - Rodfather from Android
Rod, it was 93 mid-afternoon. We spent a lot of time in the shade and in the rain room. The mister bottle helped. I heard yesterday was 97. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
It was around mid 90s in Willow Glen. I think it'll be cooler tomorrow. - Rodfather from Android
Great photos, Stephen, must have been fun (except for the heat). - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Looks like a great time was had by all! :) - Jenny H. from Android
Dude, you are the coolest dad. - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
Mike Nencetti
Hello Friendfeed.
I miss conversations. brain cancer unfortunately can make every conversation a struggle. - Mike Nencetti
We miss you, too. Hoping and praying for the best for y'all. - Big Fat Yeast Roll! from Android
Just to clarify for all - left frontal lobe glioblastoma brain tumors affect personality and communication. If you met my wife you would have a normal conversation. When I talk to her she takes everything I say is an attack. I am on numerous Facebook support groups, our situation is common. She's doing good. she has lost some weight, had some falls. but is still independent. She still drives, she can be on her own. Chemotherapy will not cure her. Immunotherapy is her best hope for long term survival. - Mike Nencetti
You and your wife are always near in my thoughts. - vicster: full-bodied
Hey Mike. It's good to hear from you. I'm sorry to hear that conversations with Beverly are becoming increasingly difficult. I hope your support groups are helping you cope with the changes. I can't imagine how difficult this must be for you both. *hug* - Jenny H. from Android
Kevin Fox
"Be Excellent To Each Other" training sounds so much more appealing than "Sexual Harassment Training".
Aka "Bill & Ted" training - Ken Gidley
Big Fat Yeast Roll!
RT @jt_walden: A show on HGTV called "Ugh!" where I walk through people's homes and point out things I don't like and then leave.
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Butterflies never sleep. In a way that makes me sad. They inspire so many dreams in us it seems unfair that they themselves can't dream too.
Well, they kind of sleep once :D - Victor Ganata
Butterflies (like other insects) may go into diapause over the winter or torpor on cold nights, and that's sort of like sleep. Probably not enough like sleep to dream, though. - John (bird whisperer)
rönin
Newly Discovered Gut Virus Is In At Least Half of All Humans | IFLScience - http://www.iflscience.com/health-...
Newly Discovered Gut Virus Is In At Least Half of All Humans | IFLScience
"Scientists have discovered a virus that lives in the gut of more than half -- maybe even 75 percent -- of the world’s population. But it probably won’t make you sick. The virus infects and replicates itself inside one of the most common types of gut bacteria, Bacteroidetes, which has been implicated in obesity, diabetes, and other gut-related diseases. They call it crAssphage, and it’s described in Nature Communications this week." - rönin from Bookmarklet
Amit Patel
About "dog people" and "cat people", and some generalizations of dog and cat behavior: - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"Dogs populate our understanding of social dynamics: conflict, competition, dominance, slavery, mastery, belonging and otherness" - Amit Patel
"Cat references speak to individualism, play, opportunism, risk, comfort, mystery, luck and curiosity" - Amit Patel
"The successful (mostly by accident) cats spawn dog societies. That’s why, at the very top of the identity pyramids constructed by dog-beliefs, even above the prototypical Barbie/Ken abstractions, you will find cats. Cats who didn’t climb the mountain, but under whom the mountain grew. Those unsociable messed-up-perspective neurotics who are as puzzled by their position as the dogs who actually want it." - Amit Patel
Stephen Mack
Just completed a 2.15 mi run with @RunKeeper. Check it out! http://rnkpr.com/a6lqasa #RunKeeper
Just completed a 2.15 mi run with @RunKeeper. Check it out! http://rnkpr.com/a6lqasa #RunKeeper
Amit Patel
Lovely walk with a friend at Palo Alto Baylands. Lots of big white birds.
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Micah
Jessie
Wolves Might Use Their Eyes to Talk to Each Other | Science | WIRED - http://www.wired.com/2014...
Wolves Might Use Their Eyes to Talk to Each Other | Science | WIRED
"It’s no secret that wolves, foxes, and dogs are highly social animals. But beyond all the wagging, pawing and yipping we like to try to interpret, canids may have yet another way to communicate. New research hints at the possibility that dogs and their ilk could be sending each other signals with their eyes. A team of Japanese researchers looked at pictures of nearly every canid species and found that those with highly social pack and hunting behaviors were more likely to have easily-visible eyes. They then watched some of those species interact in zoos and concluded that those with eyes that were easier to see were more likely to be social. The results were published in a study in PLoS One on June 11." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"“What this study shows is that there’s a correlation between facial markings and sociality and the need to communicate,” said zoologist Patricia McConnell of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a dog behavior researcher who was not involved in the study. The scientists organized 25 different wild canid species according to their facial features (using around a dozen photos of... more... - Jessie
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Proposal defense this afternoon. Wish me luck!
WarLord
I fell at the hospital coming out of the infusion center after my Mg IV. Classic "no warning" IBM drop - One minute I'm next I'm down! Luckily I was on carpet, nothing damaged but my dignity. First drop in a while. I tend to think that's worse, just when you think you can depend on your legs, they betray you again Oh well I AM still walking...
Glad you are okay! - Janet from FFHound!
Dignity becomes a very relative concept in time - Todd Hoff
So glad you're okay! Dignity is totally overrated anyway. ;) - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
am lucky . I watched the "get up" video posted on The Myositis Association website with my Alexander Teacher than we "gamed" ways I could use to gain my feet that fit my physical ability. Really I was in safe place to experiment. One bleat and I would have been surrounded by help! I was on carpet, I could have crawled to a chair, I could have leaned hard on the wall sliding up high... more... - WarLord
Steve C
5-foot-7 Japanese guard stealing spotlight at NBA Summer League (Video) | FOX Sports - http://www.foxsports.com/nba...
5-foot-7 Japanese guard stealing spotlight at NBA Summer League (Video) | FOX Sports
"He might be shorter than everyone on the court, but 5-foot-7 guard Yuki Togashi is becoming a fan favorite during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Toga, as fans have been calling him, was invited to join the Dallas Mavericks’ summer league roster and turned in a 12-point performance in 11 minutes against the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday. Highlights from his electrifying game include 3-point shots from way downtown and even breaking out the old-school floater. Togashi played high school ball at Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Md., the same school as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant." - Steve C from Bookmarklet
I saw some highlights. He's no Earl Boykins but he has a quick shot. - Rodfather
Maitani
On Wittgenstein and Rorty - Shunya's Notes - http://blog.shunya.net/shunyas...
On Wittgenstein and Rorty - Shunya's Notes
On Wittgenstein and Rorty - Shunya's Notes
"Here are two wonderful essays I found in the archives of Prospect Magazine. The first essay, from 1999, is by Ray Monk, British philosopher and biographer of Wittgenstein, who Monk calls "the greatest philosopher of [the 20th] century". In it, Monk explores why "At a time like this, when the humanities are institutionally obliged to pretend to be sciences, we need more than ever the lessons about understanding that Wittgenstein—and the arts—have to teach us." (Also check out Wittgenstein, a quirky-brilliant film by Derek Jarman.)" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The second essay, from 2003, is by British philosopher Simon Blackburn, and is an extraordinary exposition of the life and mind of Richard Rorty, a pragmatist philosopher who Blackburn calls "arguably the most influential philosopher of our time."" - Maitani
Anne Bouey
What Happens When Pieces Of Street Art Cleverly Interact With Nature - The Meta Picture - http://themetapicture.com/what-ha...
What Happens When Pieces Of Street Art Cleverly Interact With Nature - The Meta Picture
What Happens When Pieces Of Street Art Cleverly Interact With Nature - The Meta Picture
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"Urbanism and nature do not always get along well, but when they do, the collaboration may create something really special and unique." - Anne Bouey from Bookmarklet
Sepi ⌘ سپی
The Signature of All Things | Elizabeth Gilbert - The Official Website | ElizabethGilbert.com - http://www.elizabethgilbert.com/books...
The Signature of All Things | Elizabeth Gilbert - The Official Website | ElizabethGilbert.com
Elizabeth Gilbert’s first novel in twelve years is an extraordinary story of botany, exploration and desire, spanning across much of the 19th century. The novel follows the fortunes of the brilliant Alma Whittaker (daughter of a bold and charismatic botanical explorer) as she comes into her own within the world of plants and science. As Alma’s careful studies of moss take her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she loves draws her in the opposite direction—into the realm of the spiritual, the divine and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose is a Utopian artist. But what unites this couple is a shared passion for knowing—a desperate need to understand the workings of this world, and the mechanism behind of all life. The Signature of All Things is a big novel, about a big century. Exquisitely researched and told at a galloping pace, this story novel soars across the globe—from London, to Peru, to Philadelphia, to Tahiti, to Amsterdam and beyond. It is... more... - Sepi ⌘ سپی from Bookmarklet
I'm starting it this weekend!! Any thoughts anyone??!! - Sepi ⌘ سپی
Sounds interesting... I'm in the middle of Murakami's 1Q84. If you liked it I'll read it next :) - Shirinooo from iPhone
Oh Shirinnoo let me know what you think of 1Q84, interested to know!! I will love ;-) - Sepi ⌘ سپی
I'm half through and I'm loving it! :) - Shirinooo
Tweet Feeds
Her Likes Don't Lie: Shakira Is First to 100 Million Fans on Facebook - http://mashable.com/2014...
Johnny
Before I even looked I KNEW there would already be False Flag bullshit around MH17. Y'all need a cup of tea and a lie down.
I just... hmmm... It's..... *sigh* - Johnny from iPhone
Shevonne
We had a blast on our Royal Caribbean cruise. Definitely eli cruise with them again - http://dcfemella.com/post...
We had a blast on our Royal Caribbean cruise. Definitely eli cruise with them again
Bluesun 2600
"A Sunken Nazi Sub Has Been Discovered Off The Texas Coast" via io9 http://ift.tt/1ynph7x
"A Sunken Nazi Sub Has Been Discovered Off The Texas Coast" via io9 http://ift.tt/1ynph7x
I guess Texas was serious about leaving the union. - Todd Hoff
Ken Morley
Scientists are beginning to figure out why Conservatives are... conservative. Basically they're scared by everything. - http://www.motherjones.com/politic...
Scientists are beginning to figure out why Conservatives are... conservative. Basically they're scared by everything.
"There is by now evidence from a variety of laboratories around the world using a variety of methodological techniques leading to the virtually inescapable conclusion that the cognitive-motivational styles of leftists and rightists are quite different. This research consistently finds that conservatism is positively associated with heightened epistemic concerns for order, structure, closure, certainty, consistency, simplicity, and familiarity, as well as existential concerns such as perceptions of danger, sensitivity to threat, and death anxiety." - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
"One possibility," note the authors, "is that a strong negativity bias was extremely useful in the Pleistocene," when it would have been super-helpful in preventing you from getting killed. - Ken Morley
Neya
Thinking how it would be like to live in Paris. It has my heart already but not yet daily life. Maybe it's time to change the winds forward
Micah
davidlee
It’s frustrating to see that everything I predicted to Fred W when he invested in Kickstarter & what long-term damage it would do to the indie film crowdfunding... - http://dlwillson.wordpress.com/2014...
Sarah G.
My mom (presumably with Miss 7's help) made a fairy garden. Very cute! Seriously, tho, fairies are evil. Be careful. https://twitter.com/sglassm...
My mom (presumably with Miss 7's help) made a fairy garden. Very cute!  Seriously, tho, fairies are evil. Be careful. http://t.co/PugsxoaYwZ
Sadly, it was without Miss 8's help. And, it looks strangely like your stone patio... - sglassme
Oh I hope the old woman doesn't snap and create a mini version of my entire house - Sarah G.
thread hijack. Mr 13 and Mr 44 left for scout camp today, and this afternoon, we had a massive downpour. Coincidence? - sglassme
I think I need to send you a little glass mushroom to add to the decor :-) - Shannon - GlassMistress
Still raining here. I am sure Mr 13 will not enjoy extended craft day as much as Miss 8 would. - sglassme
Steve C
Small SC town rallies for fired gay police chief - http://news.msn.com/in-dept...
Small SC town rallies for fired gay police chief
"LATTA, S.C. (AP) — When openly gay police chief Crystal Moore was fired by a mayor who condemned her lifestyle as "questionable," she expected her two decade career in law enforcement was over. Then, this conservative, small town rebelled. The people of Latta, who voted overwhelmingly for a state amendment banning gay marriage eight years ago, turned against the mayor, stripped him of his powers and rehired Moore. They said her dedication to the town mattered more than her sexual orientation." - Steve C from Bookmarklet
Jessie
Winnipeg zoo wolves dig tunnel to get into polar bear enclosure | CTV News - http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada...
Winnipeg zoo wolves dig tunnel to get into polar bear enclosure | CTV News
"There are no howls after a pack of wolves managed to get into a polar bear enclosure at a Winnipeg zoo. The Assiniboine Park Zoo says it has made some changes after the wolves dug a tunnel from their enclosure to visit the bears. Media reports say five wolves walked around without disturbing two female polar bears that were asleep at the time. The tunnel forced the zoo to remove the wolves and the two bears and close part of the new Journey to Churchill exhibit until repairs could be made. The critters are now back in their respective enclosures and the exhibit has reopened. A zoo spokesman says such adjustments are absolutely normal with the opening of any new exhibit." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
I love that the wolves were basically just going "ehhh....nice. maybe we can sleep here tonight guys?" - Sir Shuping is just sir
Stephen Mack
Just posted a 0.75 mi run - 1st official run after shin splints PT -- 1/4m jog, 1/4m run, 1/4m jog. #RunKeeper http://rnkpr.com/a6gnsv6
Just posted a 0.75 mi run - 1st official run after shin splints PT -- 1/4m jog, 1/4m run, 1/4m jog. #RunKeeper http://rnkpr.com/a6gnsv6
Yay! - Jenny H. from Android
Are you supposed to be running yet or are you going rogue? - Steve C
Thanks, Jenny! I'm very glad to be able to (slowly) get back into running. It ended up being 5 weeks of PT for the tendinitis of the posterior tibialis, but my physical therapist put me on a schedule where I can start and end with a quarter-mile jog, and then have a run in between -- first a quarter mile run, then half mile, then mile, going only every other day, repeating each distance once (increasing by a half-mile every other run). So it works out that I'll be able to run a total of 17 miles in July. - Stephen Mack
SteVe, nossir, no rogue for me. After I first had shin pain in April, I took brief periods off running and then resumed, only to have the shins hurt more than before. So this third break I'm taking the PT seriously and following the schedule they laid out for me. - Stephen Mack
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