Posted by: Mark | July 28, 2015

Brown Moth

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As best as I can tell, this is a species of zale moth. There’s plenty of species of them but the identification guides for moths are even worse than ones for spiders.

Posted by: Mark | July 27, 2015

Spider Night

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Out by the garage was crawling with spiders and other creepy crawlies. I’ll try to identify the species tomorrow. Now I’m glad I’m inside.

Posted by: Mark | July 26, 2015

Eyes Sorta Open

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The final two Gerbil babies are still holding on. Their eyes are just starting to open which I hope will dissuade their parents from eating them.

I’ve never tried to cannibalize anyone but I would imagine eye contact would kill the appetite.

Posted by: Mark | July 25, 2015

And Then There Were Two

When our gerbils had babies, I thought I counted five newborns. A few days later when their nest was open, I only saw four so I brushed off the fifth as a miscount.

When I posted their picture a few days back, I could only see three. Then after cleaning their cage, I discovered there were only two.

Either the babies are junior escape artists or gerbils, like hamsters, eat their young.

I would have expected this from a hamster but I thought better of gerbils.

Posted by: Mark | July 24, 2015

1,207.2 Miles

This took a while but I broke 1,200 miles for the year. . . all of it on the elliptical machine so it didn’t accompany much of a weight loss.

It still beats watching Gilligan’s Island reruns, I guess.

Posted by: Mark | July 23, 2015

Resolution Update XXX

I did well with my resolutions but not much else:

1. Blogging. Goal:  300 posts for the year. What I did: For day 204 of 2015, I needed 167.67 blog posts to be on track but this is 221.

2. Writing. Goal:  100,000 words for the year. What I have: Not much but still ahead–61,756 words needing 55,890.41. On the bright side, I got paid for a story and a poem yesterday. If I did that every day, I’d be in good shape.

3. Running. Goal: 2,200 miles for the year.  What I have: I’m still behind but I caught up a little over the past week. I needed 1,229.59 miles by today but only have 1,195.7. I should hit 1,200 tomorrow.

4. Publishing. Goal : 105 manuscripts sent out: Another week of nothing. I never have time to send out material during summer. Still at 67, needing 56.67.

5. Video. Goal : five video projects.  What I did: Nothing this week, but I have eight already.

6. Weight. Goal : lose 35 pounds. What I did: Gained 0.7 pounds this week. I had ice cream.

7. Art. Goal: Photograph 100 species. What I did : 64:

Mammal (7)  Gerbil, Robo hamster, Campbell’s hamster, Syrian hamster, Rabbit, Gray Squirrel

Bird (23): Budgerigar parakeet, Rock doves (pigeons), Northern cardinal, House sparrow, Mallard duck, Canada goose, House finch, American robin, Red-tailed hawk, Common crow, European starling, Tufted Titmouse, Ring-billed gull, Swan Goose, American tree sparrow, Herring gull, Downy woodpecker,  Red-bellied woodpecker, Northern mockingbird, Mourning dove, Red-winged blackbird, Killdeer, Great blue heron

Reptile (3): Red-eared slider, Leopard gecko, European wall lizard

Amphibian (2): Dwarf aquatic frog, Fire-Bellied Toad

Insect (19): Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, Stink bug, Wax worm, Mealworms, Cricket, Hister or Oil beetle, White grub, Termite, Formica ant, Bumblebee, Varied carpet beetle, Field cricket, Common red soldier beetle, Leaf hopper, Superworm, Box elder bug, Lightning bug, and Japanese beetle, Ladybug

Arachnid: (3) Common house spider, Dark fishing spider, Tan jumping spider

Crustacean: Pillbug

Myriapod (3): Millipedes, Garden centipede, House centipede

Annelid (2): Canadian nightcrawler, Red worms

Planaria (1): Planaria

8. Kids. Goal : 300 events.  What I did: 141 events–Karate (3),  swimming (3), Camp Stepping Stone (2), Anderson Library Mystery Night, and Campbell County Library Game Day.

9. Exercise. Goal : 8,000 leg lifts and 5,000 push ups.  What I did: Needed 4,471.23 leg lifts and 2,794.52 push ups and have–

Leg lifts: 4,521 (49.77 up)

Push ups 2,724 (205.52 up)

10. Read five chapters of the Paul’s Epistles to Romans.

Posted by: Mark | July 22, 2015

3,000 Push Ups

For the last few weeks I’ve been posting videos of Noa robots on Wednesdays. I had planned to do the same today but the program I wrote somehow went bad. I’m feeling devastating but will try to rewrite it.

On the bright side, I have been working on bringing up my push ups and finally reached 3,000 exactly.

Not much to crow about but I need my small victories.

Posted by: Mark | July 21, 2015

Growing Up Fast

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What a difference a few days made for the gerbils. They used to be hairless and unable to open their eyes and now they have a light coat and still can’t open their eyes.

I’m a little worried that at first there looked like there were five babies but now I can only see three. I didn’t think gerbils ate their young. I hope I had just miscounted.

Posted by: Mark | July 20, 2015

Shell of Himself

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Here’s a very golden cicada shell. We’re six years from their big 17-year cycle but annual fellows like this one continue to pop up.

2021 will be the fourth brood I’ve lived through, assuming the cicada, the world, and/or me last that long.

Posted by: Mark | July 18, 2015

Bad Grammar and Smart Robots

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Far be it for me to defend Mike Brown but there’s too many mistakes in that statement for me to endorse it.

On another note, here’s cool news involving Noa robots. Even after being to paid to work with Noa models, I wouldn’t have thought this to be possible.

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