31 October 2012

Happy Halloween

I don't like costumes anymore, but apparently I didn't mind them when I was younger.



There's not much I wouldn't do for free candy.

29 October 2012

Sandy

"This is a higher destructive potential than any hurricane observed between 1969 - 2005, including Category 5 storms like Katrina, Rita, Wilma, Camille, and Andrew."
I don't think this is one of those cases where we can brush it off with "it's never as bad as they say it will be."

Also. Damn.
3. IF YOU ARE RELUCTANT [to evacuate], THINK ABOUT YOUR LOVED ONES, THINK ABOUT THE EMERGENCY RESPONDERS WHO WILL BE UNABLE TO REACH YOU WHEN YOU MAKE THE PANICKED PHONE CALL TO BE RESCUED, THINK ABOUT THE RESCUE/RECOVERY TEAMS WHO WILL RESCUE YOU IF YOU ARE INJURED OR RECOVER YOUR REMAINS IF YOU DO NOT SURVIVE.

26 October 2012

Moving Pictures

Here are some videos I took of animals on my vacation. 

Bird, swimming:
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Crab, diggin' a hole. This was really cool, I set up my umbrella and beach chair and looked down and there was a crab, undertaking what looked like a major excavation:

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Manatees, being giant and awesome. We watched a mother and a baby feeding for awhile in a marina:
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23 October 2012

Pictures


Oz sent me this while I was on vacation, and it is almost too apt.
www.birdandmoon.com
Here are some highlights from my vacation photos for my fellow biologists and nature lovers alike.

20 October 2012

Food

On the drive back from Florida, my Aunt and I were trying to find somewhere for us to have lunch with my parents. We had the following conversation.

My Aunt: You want to eat at Chick-fil-A?
Me: No - there's nothing there for me. And they hate gay people.
My Aunt: Your parents hate gay people?!

We ended up eating at Cracker Barrel. They may hate gay people as well, but I don't know about it. They certainly hate vegetarians.The cook their vegetables in meat. But they at least have the decency to state that in the menu. I suppose I shouldn't complain.


I did have two good vegetarian meals in Atlanta. The best was vegan soul food. Chicken fried steak, collard greens, sweet potato, and cornbread. All blissfully free of meat and delicious. The chicken fried steak was gluten, a bit like seitan but more solid. It was served with onion gravy.


19 October 2012

Why why why don't people vote?

There's a municipal election going on here, which I haven't written at all about. Usually I'd be all over it, because I love politics, but I've been away a lot and just haven't had the time to inform myself, let alone write about it for people who don't live here or care about our mayor and city council.

They offered early voting on-line and by phone for the last week or so. The turn-out for that super-convenient method was only 22.5%. That is sad. The actual in-person voting is tomorrow, so I really hope Haligonians step up and vote. And not for Tuxedo Stan.


17 October 2012

I'm back. Again.

This is why I haven't posted in a while. I was too busy getting skin cancer in Florida.