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([personal profile] guppiecat Jun. 22nd, 2017 06:01 pm)

Wood Duck


You can’t tell because he’s in the water, but he also has killer rims and a lift-kit installed.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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([personal profile] guppiecat Jun. 22nd, 2017 02:01 pm)

Egret


Must be an adult




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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([personal profile] wcg Jun. 21st, 2017 10:24 pm)
The Andromeda Galaxy



Also, Saturn was recently at opposition. Here's what I was able to manage.

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([personal profile] guppiecat Jun. 22nd, 2017 12:01 am)

Warning_1


Huh. Wonder why.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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([personal profile] guppiecat Jun. 21st, 2017 08:20 pm)

Black Necked Swan


Swan wondering if Democrat leadership actually understands that you can’t win a nation the same way you do a game of Reversi.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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([personal profile] guppiecat Jun. 17th, 2017 05:10 pm)

Minneapolis Skyline in Infrared


I know how badly you all wanted to see the Minneapolis skyline in infrared.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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([personal profile] wcg Jun. 15th, 2017 11:50 pm)


Good book. Recommended.

Here's the NY Times review. which includes this snippet:


Given their pervasive influence today, it is worth remembering that in the 1930s, before either reached the heights of reputation, both men were in disgrace. Churchill was a political pariah, alienated from his own Conservative Party by his opposition to the appeasement of Hitler. Frederic Maugham, Lord Chancellor in the national government, suggested that Churchill should be “shot or hanged.” Similarly, when the socialist Orwell wrote “Homage to Catalonia” (1938), a coruscating indictment of both left and right during the Spanish Civil War, he was denounced by many on the British left. His usual publisher, the Communist fellow-traveler Victor Gollancz, refused even to put out the book.
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([personal profile] guppiecat Jun. 15th, 2017 09:16 pm)

Bald Eagle_8


___How eagles respond to concerns___


Concern: “I’m worried that something bad is going to happen to me.”

Concern: “Can you do this one little thing to make sure it doesn’t?”

Eagle: “Bad things happen all the time.”


Concern: “OK, I’m worried that this specific thing is going to happen to me.”

Eagle: “It’s not going to happen.”


Concern: “Well, but it did happen in that country all the way over here.”

Eagle: “Sure, but it can’t happen here.”


Concern: “But it did happen here too, elsewhere in the country sure, but it happened.”

Eagle: “That was several states away. That wasn’t, like, ‘here’ here.”


Concern: “What about that time it happened right in this city, several years ago?”

Eagle: “That was when we were kids, that didn’t count.”


…time passes..


Concern: “So, that bad thing I was worried about that you said couldn’t happen here, happened last night.”

Eagle: “We need to wait until all the data is in. There’s no reason to be concerned yet.”


Concern: “I was there. The specific bad thing happened to me last night.”

Eagle: “Well, okay, maybe. I’d still like to see proof.”


Concern: “HERE ARE PHOTOGRAPHS, VIDEOS, RECORDED TESTIMONY. LOOK AT MY BRUISES AND SCRATCHES. SEE MY CAST?”

Concern: “SEE THIS LIST OF THE INJURED AND DEAD? IF YOU HAD JUST DONE THAT ONE LITTLE THING, THIS WOULDN’T HAVE HAPPENED!!!”

Eagle: “… it didn’t happen to me.”




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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([personal profile] guppiecat Jun. 15th, 2017 02:36 pm)

Barn Owl_5


A key skill to being an avian consultant is to be able to hear things like …


– We want to outsource our nest building, but need to maintain strict quality controls in all aspects of design, material selection, and placement, while also gaining new features like automated egg rotation meeting our species’ ideal, two bathrooms, and a walk in closet.


– Yes, my plumage is old and I really should have molted a few years ago, but I’m just really busy, you know. I was thinking that, since growing new feathers takes so long, that maybe I just spruce myself up with a bit of paint. What do you think?


– I have this awesome entrepreneurial idea! Just in time on-demand prime worm delivery for all the birds that don’t want to be early! Can you put together a business plan, risk analysis, vendor sourcing review, ROI calculation, and marketing plan? I’ll be able to pay you next year once the business is successful.


… and still make this face.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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([personal profile] guppiecat Jun. 14th, 2017 12:02 am)

Bald Eagle_3


Eagles like sushi as much as humans.


They’re just less picky about presentation.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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([personal profile] guppiecat Jun. 13th, 2017 06:04 pm)

Short Eared Owl_2


Huh Turns out hoothoots are real.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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