June 17, 2013

Fledging

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The goslings are fledging.

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June 09, 2013

When Goslings Attack

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Getting big. It must be a different family unit, since there are four of them.

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June 08, 2013

Car Alarms

Back in the 1980's, the first car alarms started showing up, and the very earliest ones were set up so that if they got triggered, they'd keep making noise until the owner showed up with a key. I worked for a while in an office building right next to the Alewife parking garage in Cambridge, and we could hear those going off all the time.

I remember reading a column in the Globe about one of those cars, in midwinter, parked on a city street. Its owner was on a trip, and the alarm went off and ran for hours. Finally, some anonymous neighbor (as described in the column) went out with a diagonal cutter, crawled under the car, and started cutting wires until the sound stopped.

As described, a few days later the owner came back from his trip, and called a tow truck to take the car to be repaired.

The ones requiring keys didn't last very long on the market, because cars with them tended to get vandalized. So the new plan was that it would run for 30 or 60 seconds, or even longer, and then shut itself off. That was a lot more satisfactory.

Some of them make their own noise, and some of them honk the car horn. Each is annoying in its own way.

What brings me to thinking about this is that there's a car in our parking lot with the car-horn type alarm, and it's gone off about six times today. This particular one runs about five minutes before giving up, and I'm beginning to entertain fantasies about vandalism.

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May 31, 2013

UPS: Super-truck

Do they put afterburners on UPS trucks these days?

I ordered a new sound module from NewEgg and it's supposed to be delivered today. It was 3-day UPS delivery and I've been watching the UPS track for the package. Yesterday at 3PM it was in Des Moines, and at 6PM it was in Spokane. Now there are some time zones involved. Des Moines is Central Time and Spokane is Pacific, so it was actually 5 hours.

I don't believe it. No way that could be driven that fast. And I don't believe that they used a jet. (UPS uses a hub-and-spoke system for their jets, and neither Des Moines nor Spokane are hubs.)

I think Des Moines was late getting their reading in. The track shows my package in Louisville on Wednesday afternoon at 2 PM. So it took a full day from Louisville to Des Moines but only 5 hours to Spokane? Not likely.

Anyway, I get my new toy today. (It shows "Out for delivery".) Yay!

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May 30, 2013

Phone report

For most of the time that I've owned this phone, I've had intermittent outages in my network connection, which usually required a reboot to fix. Finally it went out completely for a week and a half, and last Saturday the nice lady at the Verizon store (who, by the way, was about 7 months pregnant) replaced the SIM.

I haven't lost coverage since. 100%, 24/7. I don't remember it ever going this long before, and now I think that the SIM was the problem all along. So it's a pleasant surprise, and I'm almost out of the habit of checking the phone every hour or two.

I just took some more frame grabs, but I'm not sure I'll post the resulting anims. (Well, maybe one of them.) One is Nanami firing an energy blast in Dog Days 2. One is Eclair training on bird-back from Dog Days. And suddently I remembered a scene from Mouretsu Pirates which would make a good one: Haramaki's "What does this button do?" moment. I might post that one, just for grins.

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May 27, 2013

3 goslings, going strong

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May 25, 2013

Phone fixed

So my brother took me over to the Verizon store, and the nice lady messed with my phone for a few minutes. And then she told me she'd seen it happen before, and what I needed was a new SIM.

Doing that took a few minutes more, and now my phone works again. Which is a relief.

Remember the ad that said, "I've fallen and I can't get up!' Little old lady. It came in for a lot of snide humor (i.e. "I've fallen and I can't reach my beer!") but when you're feeble and live alone, it's a very real fear. This phone was my answer to that, and for a week and a half it didn't work. I was feeling a bit insecure. Now it's back again.

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May 20, 2013

Welcome to my neighborhood

I just went out for a walk and spotted this in a street gutter, right in front of the school next door:

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May 11, 2013

Geese -- attrition

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They lost one. I wonder what got it?

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May 08, 2013

Goslings

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We've had a lot of ducklings around here but this is the first time I've seen goslings.

UPDATE:

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By the way, the beavers have been at work again. The water level in the creek is up at least three feet. I don't know where they've been working (though I have my suspicions) but I think the creek looks better this way, and the water fowl certainly like it more.

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