Posted by: Mark | August 29, 2015

Eyes and Mouths Open

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Baby rodents don’t seem like real animals until their eyes open. Once they can blink, they seem like an actual pet. These guys are still nursing but are also eating solid food. Free to a good home and all that.

Only two from the first litter survived but the second batch went three out of four. Lousy for humans but decent for rodents.

Posted by: Mark | August 28, 2015

Putnam Jumping Spider

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As best I can tell, this is a Putnam jumping spider. I estimate that it was only about 1/16 of an inch long. I would have had no idea of its colorful pattern if I hadn’t greatly enlarged the original picture. It makes me wonder what is crawling around me right now.

Posted by: Mark | August 27, 2015

Resolution Update XXXV

I’ll go into detail later but it’s been a rough week:

1. Blogging. Goal:  300 posts for the year. What I did: Blogging slowed down a little but I’m still well on pace to make goal–I needed 196.44 and this is 254.

2. Writing. Goal:  100,000 words for the year. What I have: I didn’t write much but it took me to 70,038 words, needing 65,479.45.

3. Running. Goal: 2,200 miles for the year.  What I have: This was a disgrace. I’m farther behind, needing 1,440.55 and only have 1,378.7.

4. Publishing. Goal : 105 manuscripts sent out: Stagnant at 71, I needed 68.75.

5. Video. Goal : five video projects.  What I did: I could have done something new this week but didn’t have time. I already have nine so no worries here.

6. Weight. Goal : lose 35 pounds. What I did: I ate like a pig all week. I’m ready to throw in the towel on this one.

7. Art. Goal: Photograph 100 species. What I did : 75:

Mammal (7)  Gerbil, Robo hamster, Campbell’s hamster, Syrian hamster, Domestic rabbit, Gray Squirrel, Eastern cottontail

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 (27): 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, Zale moth, Ailanthus webworm moth, Dark spotted Palthis moth, Honeybee, White cabbage butterfly, Mosquito, Dingy cutworm moth, Green Cloverworm Moth

Arachnid: (7) Common house spider, Dark fishing spider, Tan jumping spider, Orb spider, Crab spider, Grass spider, Bold jumper 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: 182 (Karate, Mt. Washington Library, and swimming).

9. Exercise. Goal : 8,000 leg lifts and 5,000 push ups.  What I did: Needed 5,238.36 leg lifts and 3,273.97 push ups and have–

Leg lifts: 5,181 (57.36 down)

Push ups 3,467 (193.03 up)

10.  Completed on of the main sections of the Prose Edda of Norse myths.

Posted by: Mark | August 26, 2015

70,038 Words

It took almost two months but I reached 70,038 words today. Unfortunately, I keep moving off of projects that I had hoped to finish. I’ve got a ton of uncompleted stories that I’m probably going to lose interest in and never end. Next year I should specify completed works instead of just the word count.

Posted by: Mark | August 25, 2015

Green Cloverworm Moth

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Once again, my ignorance of insect identification rears its head. Is this a green cloverworm moth (the caterpillars are green) or something else? Once again, I wish there was an easy way to tell.

Posted by: Mark | August 23, 2015

Dingy Cutworm Moth

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Is this a dingy cutworm moth? It’s the best guess I could come up with. It would be great if someone created a bug ID app but I doubt if the demand exists.

Posted by: Mark | August 22, 2015

Gylfaginning

I just finished the Gylfaginning, the first part of the Prose Edda, the basis for our understanding of the Norse myths.

It’s entirely possible that the Prose Edda was a hoax from the get-go. I knew it was written by a Christian but until now I didn’t know its structure.

The myths are told to a mortal king by supernatural tricksters, allowing for the interpretation that they were all just a joke. (It undoubtedly was safer to write them this way.)

Oddly, enough I knew virtually every detail about the Edda. Unlike the Bible, Koran, or Bhagavad Gita, books on mythology pretty much picked this one clean.

Posted by: Mark | August 21, 2015

Gerbils are Weak Cannibals

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A hamster would have a bloodbath here but gerbils just keep going. I had thought that the parents ate another baby but there’s still three. It looks like 75% of the litter is still uneaten. I’m expecting a hamster to smash into their cage and have them all for dinner.

Posted by: Mark | August 20, 2015

Resolution Update XXXIV

Back to school week for the kids and NKU. I didn’t do much in terms of resolutions:

1. Blogging. Goal:  300 posts for the year. What I did: For day 232 of the year, I needed 190.68 posts to be on track. Still ahead with 248.

2. Writing. Goal:  100,000 words for the year. What I have: I wrote about 800 words for the whole week–66,889. I’m losing my lead–I needed 63,561.64.

3. Running. Goal: 2,200 miles for the year.  What I have: After finally getting back on track, I lost it again.  Only 2.1 miles all week. Goal: 1,398.36; have: 1,358.6.

4. Publishing. Goal : 105 manuscripts sent out: Sent out one this week for a total of 71. I needed 66.74.

5. Video. Goal : five video projects.  What I did: Nothing new but I had nine.

6. Weight. Goal : lose 35 pounds. What I did: Judging from my pants, I gained weight but I didn’t check.

7. Art. Goal: Photograph 100 species. What I did : 74:

Mammal (7)  Gerbil, Robo hamster, Campbell’s hamster, Syrian hamster, Domestic rabbit, Gray Squirrel, Eastern cottontail

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 (25): 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, Zale moth, Ailanthus webworm moth, Dark spotted Palthis moth, Honeybee, White cabbage butterfly,  Mosquito

Arachnid: (7) Common house spider, Dark fishing spider, Tan jumping spider, Orb spider, Crab spider, Grass spider, Bold jumper 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: 178 events–Karate, Anderson Library, Band camp, Campbell County Library Game Day, and Mt. Washington Library.

9. Exercise. Goal : 8,000 leg lifts and 5,000 push ups.  What I did: Needed 5,084.93 leg lifts and 3,178.08 push ups and have–

Leg lifts: 5,146 (61.07 up)

Push ups 3,424 (245.91 up)

10.  Read 29 chapters (or whatever they are classified as ) of the Prose Edda.

 

Posted by: Mark | August 19, 2015

The Completion List : The Tick

A while back, I searched for the live-action Tick tv show on Worldcat. I was disappointed that no library in the area held a copy. A few days later, I was straightening up our DVDs and realized we already had the complete series.

It’s only nine episodes but it took me months to get around to watch it.

The Tick began as a comic book (I remember picking up early issues, like I did with the Men in Black comic, but not buying either).

If the live-action adaptation came next, it would probably better regarded. Instead an animated version was made which was much funnier than the later live-action series. Also the cartoon took advantage of different locations, characters,  and fight scenes that not even Game of Thrones could afford.

The live-action was constricted by its budget.  It could never live up to the cartoon.

To make it even worse,  some of the better known characters from the cartoon could not be adapted to live-action due to copyright restrictions.

It sounds a lot like the latest Fantastic Four movie, but The Tick wasn’t that bad. It had more sexual content than American audiences would accept on a network superhero show, but it had its moments.

Not a ringing endorsement but the show jumped through more hoops than the Fantastic Four movie and looked far better.

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