Published on April 7 2008

Geez. Maybe it's a GOOD thing that Mr. Tom from the last post was too busy showing off for the ladies to pay any attention to me! Postal workers attacked by wild turkeys - Yahoo News
MADISON, Wis. - Rather than rain or snow, or even dogs, postal workers in a West Side neighborhood near Owen Conservation Park are being pestered by wild turkeys this spring. ....Lobner said the behavior is clearly tied to the breeding season, which started recently and runs through about mid-May. Color plays an important role in turkey breeding, he said, with the color of the males head during mating season changes from gaudy blue to white to red. Lobner speculated that perhaps the turkeys are attracted to the red, white and blue postal trucks.
Hmmm, remind me not to wear my red&white Tshirt and blue jeans while walking.
Postal workers were armed with water pistols. But Lober said that, while the squirts of water worked for a while, the turkeys now seem accustomed to it.
I will NOT comment on the use of water pistols in fending off turkeys in the mood for love. No. I just won't.

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Published on April 6 2008

Okay. All together now. Drooooooooool. A $1,000 semipro camera will get you 3 shots a second. But this Casio can snap — are you ready for this? — 60 photos a second. These are not movies; these are full six-megapixel photographs, each with enough resolution for a poster-size print. Casio's Time Machine
The F1’s second trick is that business about photographing a moment after the fact. In pre-record mode, you half-press the shutter button when you’re awaiting an event that’s unpredictable: a breaching whale, a geyser’s eruption or a 5-year-old batter connecting with the ball. The camera silently, repeatedly records 60 shots a second, immediately discarding the old to make room for the new. When you finally press the shutter button fully, the camera simply preserves the most recent shots, thus effectively photographing an event that, technically speaking, you missed.

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Published on April 4 2008

No, not *that* kind of Turkey Day. Up until 5 or 6 years ago, I had never seen a wild turkey. I won't ever forget the first "herd" I saw, about 30 in a single flock alongside Hwy. 29 a half-dozen years ago. I recall spotting large dark "things" in the ditch ahead, and my jaw hitting my knees when I realized that those big dark blobs were TURKEYS. I'm not sure if the birds were re-introduced to the area or if they came back on their own, but they are all over the place now, to the great delight of area hunters. I see them frequently on my powerwalks, and I'm always amazed at how large a bird they really are. Usually I see only groups of hens, but it *is* the time of year when a young tom's fancy turns to.... well... showing off for the ladies. This one was so busy fluffing up for them that he paid absolutely no attention to me as I got out of the car and put the Nikon to work. It was only the hens' nervousness that kept him from doing his dance right in the middle of the northbound lanes. I have also decided I need a better zoom lens. A 28-70 just doesn't cut it, lol. Clicking on the slideshow will take you to an online photo album I'm playing with. Yep. Like I *need* another online photo album, hehehehe.

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Published on April 3 2008

Report: Favre re-thinking retirement - NFL - Yahoo Sports
LOS ANGELES TICKER —Brett Favre could be having second thoughts about retirement. According to a Los Angeles Times report, the former Green Bay Packers quarterback, who announced his retirement last month, is contemplating a comeback with another team. Citing NFL sources, the Times reported Thursday that Favre has been quietly talking with teams about their interest in trading for the three-time NFL Most Valuable Player.

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Published on April 1 2008

Nothing like waking up to 8" of Mother Nature's Gift. 50 degree temps predicted for the next two days.... we go from one extreme to the other up here, don't we? Sloppy, soggy, horrible wet stuff as well. So I figured it was time to introduce Rudy to "'sconsin spring". He was not overly impressed. Speaking of Mother Nature....Whats eating you, Mother Nature? Is it us?
.....But you need to lighten up. Winters like this — they're not something that humans are built to endure. In that way they're like all Robin Williams movies since 1987. We can't take the physical strain of trudging through this much snow. We can't take the mental strain of driving on impassable streets. And we can't outrun the yetis who've come down from the hills to feast.
Amen, brother. Even if you *did* call Mother Nature a.... umm.... "mean slut". It's been a looooooooooong winter. [update] As proof that winter has gone on far too long, I present this story. Even our northern politicians are getting cranky.

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Published on April 1 2008

the upgrade seems to have worked....so far, anyway. Man, does this upgrade add a LOT to the Wordpress backend!

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Published on March 29 2008

Since, obviously, I haven't had the time to play with the blog much lately -- it must be time to completely crash it!! Seriously, I'll be fixing up breaking praying updating to Wordpress 2.5 sometime this weekend. Keep yer fingers crossed.

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Published on March 28 2008

No, I have not abandoned the blog-- just been a little busier than usual these days with a few things that cannot wait. So.. while you're waiting to catch up on all the news (heh), I hereby direct you to one of my absolute favorite sites on the innernets --Caption This! The captions that the commenters come up with are just fantastic. This page in particular brings us one of the best (and scariest) 'shops I've seen in a loooong time:

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Published on March 22 2008

It could have been much worse. Instead of braving 40 degrees and occasional sunshine, I could have been here on Friday. Glad it was them, and not *us*. Sorry. NOT.

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Published on March 21 2008

Right now, I am mired in the labyrinth that is U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East and Africa in the post-WWII period. It's great. And ya know? *I* woulda done it differently. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Heh.

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