Cardinal Valentines

Apr. 26th, 2017 07:25 pm
yourlibrarian: Robin sits on her nest (NAT-Robin)
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We've been happy to see the return of cardinals to our balcony as they've been coming by several times a day to munch that yummy yummy birdseed we have out. What's particularly cute about the cardinal couple is that they feed one another seeds from time to time. We sort of caught that here: Read more... )

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Apr. 24th, 2017 11:00 am
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We met a small child carrying "Less Invasions, More Equations!" (my brain yelled, "Fewer!" and I said, "Nice sign," because people who pedantically correct the protest signs of six-year-olds are not the kind of change I want to see in the world) - [personal profile] sovay.

Context is Boston March for Science.

Rain Forest Photos from Costa Rica

Apr. 21st, 2017 10:21 pm
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Santa Elena Cloud Forest in Costa Rica:

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Bleeding hearts

Apr. 20th, 2017 09:41 pm
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Bleeding hearts

We planted these in our Worcestershire, UK garden last year, and they've come up beautifully this spring.

The importer has (mostly) caught up!

Apr. 19th, 2017 11:02 pm
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Our content importer has mostly caught up with its backlog; almost everything that's still listed as being "in the queue" are jobs that were tried, failed once or more with a temporary failure, and are waiting to try again. (The importer tries a few times, at successively longer intervals, when it gets a failure it thinks might be temporary/might correct itself later on.) This means that new imports scheduled now should complete in hours (or even minutes), not the "several days" it's been taking.

If you tried to schedule a second import while the first one was still running, at any time in the past 10 days or so, you may have confused the poor thing. If you think your import should be finished by now and it isn't, and you're seeing "Aborted" on the Importer Status part of the Importer page, feel free to open a support request in the Importer category and we'll look into it for you. (It may take a little bit before you get a response; those of us who have the access to look into importer problems have been really busy for the past two weeks or so, and I at least need a few days to catch my breath a bit before diving back into the fray! But we'll do what we can.)

I hope all y'all are continuing to settle in well to your new home!

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Apr. 19th, 2017 03:50 pm
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dear tramadol:

you work! you don't make me nauseous and you don't fuck my head up and you work as a breakthough pain med. my doctor was actually the one to suggest you when I asked for something for breakthrough pain! by all rights you are basically a miracle.

you just... also have a goddamned interaction with two of my other daily meds (concerta, flexeril). FUCKING WHY. >:|

(my doctor's office hasn't got back to the pharmacist yet. but, probably changing the muscle relaxant out and living with the risk on the other because hahaha yeah my brain also needs to work.)

love anyway,
--niq
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Today was one of those days where spring just grabbed me by the shoulders and shook me, saying ISN'T THIS GLORIOUS?! So I took a bunch of pictures.



Read more... )

2017 Flower Walk

Apr. 17th, 2017 06:48 pm
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At the risk of Spamming this group here are three posts that detail the Flower Walk we did this last Sat April 15th on my Ranch in Northern California.


We started up Red Barn Creek which was very full and a bit hard to cross.   As usual the pace was extremely slow at first as everyone stopped and talked about every single new plant (it seemed!)  Eventually we entered the big meadow across from Devil's Den.  One of the members, using her field glasses spotted "a yellow flower" so we all trooped back across the stream and up into Devil's Den.



Devil's Den is an ever changing and eroding mass of highly Serpentine laced soil.  Serpentine rock is part of the mantle rock, not the earth's crust.  It forms in sea bottoms, fractures easily and is thrust up in our countryside as the continental plates collide.  It is full of Magnesium and thus is very hard to grow anything in.  Here the serpentine rock has mixed into this gravelly amalgam.  It erodes really quickly and nothing grows on it.



Here are two pictures of our yellow Owls Clover all tangled up in purple vetch.  They were way more brilliant yellow than either picture shows.





Chuck and Olly brought up the rear of the group as we climbed up and out of the top of Devil's Den.  It looks so smooth and green but the cows make deep hoofprints into the soft grey clay making walking is really rather difficult.

Flower Walk Part 2

Apr. 17th, 2017 06:46 pm
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It was quite a steep climb and near the top Olly and I sat down to chat instead of slosh around on in the mud below.  Olly is 80 this year and not terribly stable on his feet.  I was impressed both with Olly and another older, quite cripple woman who both did the climb quite cheerfully.  We all three sat and watched the others as they poked around, looking at the white Meadowfoam, orange Mimulus, yellow goldfields, brownish topped rushes and who know what else.






I didn't get a picture of M, zipping around in the Gator hauling lunch to the lunch site and people back down the hill when they were ready to turn back.  In between times M did his own Flower Walk.

After lunch the hardiest of the group charged off up the hill to Split Rock.  At least three of them had never been there so we had a good time climbing through the Rock and then seeing the view from the top.   This little Dudlia had a good year with all the rain and is intent on escaping out of the crack in the rock.  I love the contrast with the brilliant orange lichen on the rock.

Annual flower walk Part 3

Apr. 17th, 2017 06:41 pm
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Another Dudlia  near the first one is trembling on the edge of full bloom with both grey and orange lichen.




On the way back we saw this lovely pink Lupine (Bluebonnet).  There was quite a discussion about whether it was pink through genetics or by some quirk of environment, with the conclusion that it is probably genetic.



I saw two or three Lupine like this one with pale blue flowers under snow white ones.   In this picture it is surrounded by Quaking Grass (Rattlesnake grass) a horrible invasive with little or no value as feed.



Spring in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Apr. 17th, 2017 11:10 am
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After about six weeks battling bronchitis, I'm mostly better, and I got out for a slow walk yesterday afternoon. Took my shiny new camera along. Not a lot is blooming yet, but the little magnolia trees are, and the fragrance is wonderful. All these photos are click-to-enlarge-able.





And the cottonwoods are just starting to leaf out, just barely.

Fish, Flowers, and Fading Light

Apr. 16th, 2017 01:11 pm
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Crossposting some items from my latest blogpost. I had some past posts of the giant fish in our lake. Despite our long stay here we don't see them often. But last week we spotted a fin circling around... Read more... )

Our amaryllis were in bloom recently, all of them popping up around the same time. Read more... )

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Apr. 16th, 2017 08:25 am
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My absolute favorite of mine was the time I did a code tour entirely in the voice of the King of All Cosmos from Katamari Damacy


Context gives new arrivals in [site community profile] dw_news a glimpse of the management. The code tour in question is here, and really, it is a thing of beauty.

All kinds of critters

Apr. 15th, 2017 08:22 pm
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I've got many years worth of flora and fauna posts in my blog's nature tag although there are fewer such posts lately. But as a sampling of the sorts of things you could find:

Avian sagas of the various nests of varied birds we've had around our apartment. (This was probably the most popular of those posts).

Unfortunately many of my older posts lost their photos some time back when I had to change photo hosts. Those pics are gathered together here and include some flowers and trees as well as many birds, bird babies, bunnies, and sunsets.

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Apr. 15th, 2017 10:06 am
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Dear Savella,

I sort of miss you? But on the other hand, triptans work again for the first time since I started you (why no one picked up that triptans stop working when combined with you, I have no idea, and I've spent a year being chewed out for only using fiorinal or fioricet because no one on planet earth likes how badly those two rebound) and now I can take my epipen if needed since, you know, I have several anaphylaxis allergies and it's not negotiable. (I cannot believe the pharmacy didn't catch that savella has terrible, horrible side effects with epinephrine, and can only thanks gods I hadn't had to use it while I was on the savella).

Also, even when covered by insurance (which you're not, not really), I kind of need to pay more than I can afford.

So, thank you for the work you did, and you're useful, it's true, but please don't let the door hit you on your way out.

Thanks,
Me

Grey Squirrel...?

Apr. 14th, 2017 11:03 pm
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Hello! I saw your community in the comments of the DW news post and thought, what a great idea!  I really enjoyed looking at your pictures.

As an introduction, here is a critter we had in our neighborhood a few years ago.  I live in Pennsylvania, and we have Eastern Grey Squirrels here, and often I see the black variants around.  This little guy was special because he had a reddish tail.  Sorry for the fuzzy picture -- I had to sneak around the corner of the house with my cell phone to get it, and then had to enlarge it a ton, and it took me months to get that.

a black squirrel with a reddish tail sitting in the grass

Multiple rants from a F_M newbie

Apr. 14th, 2017 09:37 am
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Somebody linked this in the dw_news post so I thought that I'd share my problems, hahah. Don't feel like you're obligated to read both sections unless you want to though!

General stuff about me and my meds. )

Rant about anti-medication people. )

I'm sure this post is worthy of a special "rant: x" tag regarding whiny people but I'm not sure what wording the comm would prefer. I'm also not sure if I should tag meds if I'm simply listing what I'm taking and don't have any complaints about them, hahah. Let me know and I'll tag accordingly. o7 (salute emote)

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Hello, Dreamwidth! Goodness, this past week has been unexpectedly exciting, hasn't it? A warm Dreamwidth welcome to everyone who's just joining us: we're glad you're here, and we hope you're liking the new digs.

Before we get into all the things I have to cover, though: Given the reasons most people are citing for not wanting to agree to LiveJournal's new ToS, I'd like to take a moment and ask: if you're able to (and only if you're able!), please consider donating to the Russian LGBT Network/Российская ЛГБТ-сеть. They not only do excellent work across the Russian Federation, but are currently mobilizing to help evacuate LGBT people in Chechnya who are in danger of detention or death. (EDIT: If you're outside Russia, you can donate through All Out; the Russian LGBT Network website won't accept donations from outside Russia.)

To our friends in Russia who are LGBT and those who are against the mistreatment of anyone because of their sexual orientation: We stand with you. Please stay safe above all else, but if it would be safe for you to post that link, the LGBT Network is asking that as many people as possible publicly share the information that the LGBT Network is ready to help. (They also ask that you do not contact people in Chechnya directly to let them know, as there are reports the authorities are searching people's phones and computers for evidence of sexual orientation.)

The rest of this post is primarily to give y'all new folks a brief orientation (or as brief as I am ever capable of; no one has ever called me concise) to help you settle in, although I hope at least some of it will be useful (or at least interesting!) to those of you who have been with us for a while. Come with me as we discuss Dreamwidth's history, a bit of what (we think) makes us special, the answers to a few common questions about how we roll, and a few useful tips that may help you with the transition.


Dreamwidth 101! )

Whew! That was a lot to throw at y'all at once, I know. (Yes, I always am this longwinded. And I always use this many parentheses.) Everybody who's been here for a while: thank you for your patience as I got our new arrivals up to speed! We'll be back in a few weeks with a code push and a bunch of new features and fixes, so the next news post should be more broadly applicable.

In the meantime, let's have a welcome party in the comments:

* If you're looking for new people to subscribe to you, leave a comment with some basic info about your journal and what you tend to write about! Then everybody can browse around and meet each other. (There's also [community profile] 2017revival and [community profile] addme, both of which are unofficial but bustling lately; holler if you know of any more.)

* If you've been here for a while and have a favorite community that's active, drop a link and a brief description!

* If you're new or you've been here for a while, and you're looking for an active community on a particular topic, leave a comment with what you're looking for and people can recommend you some options. (We've done this a few times before, as "the great community rec-o-matic", and it's never a bad time for another round.)

* If you know of any scripts, resources, extensions, tools, or toys that will help someone make the move, get settled in, or customize their DW experience once they're here, drop a link and a description in the comments. (We can't be responsible for unofficial tools, scripts, extensions, etc, so use at your own risk, but I know there are a bunch of them floating around!)

Finally, a quick note on the importer queue: it's still going, I swear. The jobs finishing now are the ones that were scheduled around 48 hours ago, though, so we really appreciate how patient y'all are being!

As always, if you're having problems with Dreamwidth, Support can help you; for notices of site problems and downtime, check [site community profile] dw_maintenance and the Twitter status account. (We can't do support through Twitter, though! Open a support request instead. Me trying to fit into 140 characters is not a pretty sight.)

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