Saturday, January 26, 2008

Little brown birds

It's unusually cold where I live, and today it's sleeting. I'm not going to complain about the cold, because where my brother lives it hasn't been above sub-freezing in more than a week.

In weather like this, I seem to always get a non-regular bird in my yard. Today it was a...little brown one. I see you are rolling your eyes. Little and brown describes a large number of birds. This one would not be still long enough for me to really identify it. It was smaller than average, yellow-tinged, and kind of round. Mom says (as she looks at a Ruby-crowned kinglet in her yard) that it must be a kinglet. I'm actually inclined to agree, so I'll call it that. It does match what I saw and how it behaved. So yay! Come back so I can confirm!

Meanwhile, one of the Anna's Hummingbirds is sitting in my lace-cap hydrangea looking quite miserable. I've been bringing the feeder in at night so it won't freeze, but left it out last night. It mostly froze. I did get some fresh syrup out there as quickly as possible, but I feel badly about letting it freeze.

Friday, January 18, 2008


Yes, I am glad the new Justice League movie has been shelved. And yes, I hope it stays that way.
DC and WB need to consider the high bar set by the Nolan Batman and then tread carefully.
Don't make me plead.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Beware the Red Radish!

Middle School student misinformation can be amusing.

This student was trying to refer to the term for the contract drawn up among mutinous sailors--a round robin...

...And this is the image that popped into my head as I tried to regain my composure after grading his report.

I drew it on a piece of scratch paper then messed with it in photoshop.

He really should be the main character in his own adventure story, no?